New York

Llyn Foulkes

Gruenbaum Gallery

In abstraction, the frame has been echoed incessantly as composition. It has caused the much discussed “edge” problem. The frame has presented itself as an ornate gold division and as Bruce Boice’s plain pine wrapping which signals “frame.” The frame demarcates the boundary between “art” and “life.” Inside it, in the safe convention of the painting space, the artist enjoys “freedom.” Outside that frame, the world impinges on that freedom, being preoccupied with finances.

Llyn Foulkes makes his own frames. No baroque ornament which says “pricelessness,” and no silver section frame which automatically confers modern art status. Foulkes’ wooden frames are sometimes painted olive green, or maybe brownish red. Some of them are splintered, perhaps naturally; some are stamped “hecho en Mexico.” The frame can be made from once-useful material: the most interesting one looked like white pipes from

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