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Tony DeLap

Robert Elkon Gallery

Some years ago, Tony DeLap was making square, monochromatic canvases whose angles were beveled into curves. His current show offers smaller pieces in which mismatched shapes are consolidated and abbreviate each other. The pairing of forms is decided according to a geometrical system, so that this work stands somewhere among that of Dorothea Rockburne, Robert Mangold and Al Held. The theme DeLap shares with Held and Rockburne is the mingling of squares, circles and triangles in such a way that they are at once autonomous and indistinguishable. But DeLap leaves us fewer clues to what his primary shapes were before their marriage.

DeLap’s earlier paintings indicate that the current work does not derive from a long-standing interest in systematic geometry. Rather, DeLap has undertaken system as a motif and adapted to it pictures characterized by their ornamental flourishes and exquisitely

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