New York

Robert Zakanych

Cunningham Ward Gallery

Robert Zakanych’s paintings at Cunningham Ward are about normal size in current terms, meaning large but not that large, and they look something like unfinished wallpaper. The canvases are divided into large regular grids which don’t fit the paintings evenly but are, in a sense, cropped, and within or overlaid on the grids are regularly repeated patterns such as cloverleafs, circles, and uniform stacked wavy bands. In all four of the paintings the center portions are finished, at least comparatively, in that the patterns have been completely filled in, covering the white canvas; the areas moving away from center are progressively less finished in, exposing traces of canvas until eventually at the edges, just canvas and drawing. In the finished central areas, the colors are extremely close in value and intensity, and individual colors and shapes are difficult to distinguish. In a sense,

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