New York

Dalia Ramanauskas

Hundred Acres Gallery

Dalia Ramanauskas’ drawings of torn and opened cardboard cartons are Realist renderings of garbage as well. Unlike Economos’ cans, which are sited in nature, Ramanauskas draws boxes upon a white ground. She renders details with a meticulousness that makes her boxes perhaps more compelling than their actual presences. There is a stillness and an absoluteness about her objects, an outgrowth of placeless pose and consuming detail that makes them, like the still-life elements in Northern Renaissance painting, repositories of meaning. 

Ramanauskas’ boxes are mostly relics of private correspondence, records of an artist’s garbage. The boxes are revealed in the handling they have received as mail. Almost all are battered and torn, showing a passage from hand to hand as components in an exchange system. The transference of the boxes into drawn images is the last exchange; their protecting function

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