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Joan Snyder

Paley And Lowe Gallery

Joan Snyder’s paintings at Paley and Lowe are fuller and more commanding than her earlier works. Her vocabulary is experimental and fearless: strokes on strokes, shiny on matte, drips, stains, smears, and daubs. These marks of often jarring color are grouped in perceptual configurations similar to motivic patterns in musical compositions. Although colors and textures are layered as if transparent planes have been superimposed, the new works avoid chaos because the colors function as pure chromatic touches rather than as areas or shapes.

Another reason for the clarity of these paintings is Snyder’s use of a penciled grid to provide a tough base for the loosely painted colors. Because the juxtaposition and obliqueness of the configurations often results in the merging of planes, the grid establishes the frontality of the picture plane. It also gives the viewer a format for reading the paintings

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