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Don Eddy

French & Co.

There is one painting in Don Eddy’s show at French and Company that I think is first-rate. The fact that it is based on a photograph seems quite justified by the complexity of its illusionism. BMW Showroom II is a picture of two BMWs under some bays of fluorescent light behind a showroom window which reflects with great clarity cars parked and a furniture store over the viewer’s shoulder, as it were. The whole image is an acknowledgment of illusionism, because it is an image of a literal occurrence of illusionism. There is also acknowledgment of the painting’s surface carried by the showroom window and of its transparency as a condition for pictorial illusion. Rather than being centrally focused, the image is focused in two different planes, a kind of simultaneity impossible in normal vision. The window reflection is a way of isolating the elements of the picture that are defined by light.

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