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Harry Kramer

Brata Gallery

Harry Kramer’s current show at Brata reconfirms the importance and vitality of painting as a traditional concern—the discovery of relationships of marks on canvas. Kramer has produced work of great energy by restricting his vocabulary to straight lines and angles and by using only black, white, and gray.

The lines of pencil and paint seem to describe the edges of planes as they emerge and intersect, fading in and out of the picture until the entire surface becomes a concatenation of angles. The variety in the quality of marks, from razor-thin lines to thick dripping stripes, appears to result from light as it strikes the picture. A tension is created between the perception of these marks as defining angles emerging from within the painting, and seeing them as purely graphic elements activating the surface.

The apparent arbitrariness of certain lines and drips seems to result from the

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