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Helene Aylon

Betty Parsons Gallery and Susan Caldwell Gallery

Helene Aylon designates her recent work as Paintings that Change in Time. All paintings, like everything else, change in time, but Aylon is speeding up one process (of universal material deterioration) as she slows and extends another, the process of completion by which a work of art is made. Aylon works oil, dyes and paint into the back of large sheets of treated paper, until the materials start to penetrate the front surface. The sheets are then sealed in plexiglass and hung on the wall, where the process of seepage and cracking continues, ad infinitum. Her paintings never complete themselves, I suppose, until they deteriorate. The work represents a strange amalgam, the absorption, as it were, into painting of ideas and processes previously thought to threaten its existence. (One thinks of Robert Smithson’s Earthworks, of Alan Sonfist’s mold and crystals developing in sealed plexi-glass

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