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David Diao

Resse Palley Gallery

David Diao, at Reese Palley, has been using the squeegee as a means of drawing for several years. In his earlier paintings, in light, undemanding colors, it was a way of creating texture as color was pulled over color in many directions. Preliminary colors glimmered through subsequent ones, resulting in lyrical, pretty pictures. These new works, more daring than the earlier ones, subject themselves to greater criticism. Diao uses his instrument to draw layers of shiny paint over each other, but they are bright and pancaked into two final, adjacent rectangles which blot out the colors underneath except for incidents around the edges which record all the prior choices. The process is additive, like silkscreening, similar to the way Louis applied paint in the “veils.” But unlike Louis, Diao is unwilling or unable to assume the responsibilities of drawing and shaping that his method demands.

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