New York

Lois Lane

Artists Space Exhibitions

Dear Lois Lane,

Never having seen your paintings before I can still understand why Jackie Winsor chose you to show in Artists Space. Your drawings and paintings have a quality of rawness similar to her sculpture: a rawness allowing you to get some of the same freshness in your big paintings as in your small drawings. I like the casual, open look of your work: the painting with the layer of badly wrinkled canvas casually stapled on top, the freehand one-shot pencil lines meandering across paper and canvas, or the mismatching of drawing and washy color. Your marks have a “take-it-or-leave-it ”quality more expected in certain kinds of Process sculpture. And yet there’s none of the painterly rhetoric of much lyrical abstraction, which is a drag. What I liked most, though, was that every work looked different. I get the impression you let different ideas generate different looking visual

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