New York

Rosemarie Castoro

Tibor De Nagy Gallery

In her third one-woman show at Tibor de Nagy, Rosemarie Castoro continues her use of gessoed Masonite rubbed with graphite which, when fixed to the wall, has the appearance of enlarged brushstrokes. This year’s work differs from previous work in that the squiggles and brushstrokes have now also become figures. As figures, the marks are usually undifferentiated outlines—“exoskeletal auras” Castoro calls them—but they are definitely figures, conveying the essential characteristics of human posture, silhouette, and movement. As before, the white wall serves as a ground for the marks which are now smaller in scale. The figures occur mostly in groups, and Castoro often seems interested in using them to create the illusion of space. In several of the larger pieces, such as Parade, Cast of Thousands, and Going Away, long lines and rows of figures diminish into minute size and an illusory distance.

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