new-york

Marcia Hafif

Sonnabend Gallery

Marcia Hafif covers various surfaces: small and large wood panels, stretched canvases which reach floor to ceiling or wall to wall, and, finally, the wall itself. She covers these surfaces with different substances of various colors: vermilion encaustic, grayed cobalt blue oil paint, yellow egg tempera, ocher casein. The paint goes on in tiny, incessant strokes, one after the other in strict sequence, down or across each surface. The result is a thin single layer. Each point on the surface remains a discrete unit, the outcome of an individual gesture and point in time. Visually, I can sometimes appreciate Hafif’s results: the ocher casein directly on an entire long wall of the gallery is particularly beautiful, a sort of monochrome impressionism. The vermilion encaustic is thick enough for its wood panels, but the other surfaces merely look blank and unfinished, insufficiently coated with

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