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Racelle Strick

55 Mercer Gallery

In discussing Martin’s drawings, I indicated that her grids were woven rather than built. This distinction is perhaps clarified by an examination of Racelle Strick’s work, which emphasizes the additive construction of painting. Looking at Strick’s paintings shown at 55 Mercer, one is always aware of the process of making; the whole image constantly refers back to the systematic structuring of its parts. In 5 Inch Square from Bottom Center Out, the square module, consisting of narrow horizontal bands of pale blue acrylic, is repeated unit after unit from the bottom center, in opposite directions, around the edges until the two sequences almost meet. This pattern is repeated consecutively within the canvas until no further units are possible without going over the previous series of squares. At the top, the black canvas ground articulates a ziggurat shape left over by the halting of the

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