New York

Aris Koutroulis

Gloria Cortella Gallery

Aris Koutroulis’ current paintings are variations on one theme: having developed a way of mixing pigment with glue, his large canvases are actually composites of hundreds of small rectangular strips of linen that are at once bound to and set apart from each other by the viscous mixture. Koutroulis holds to a single color of glue in each picture, but the strips of cloth change in size. This modulation of size is an intelligent move on the artist’s part. One can easily imagine setting Koutroulis’ program for oneself and coming up with little but a few more Minimal grids. Albeit subtly, Koutroulis is deliberately working against Minimalist sensibility, for rather than measuring out the strips and razoring them against a ruler, he judges by eye and cuts with scissors. Indeed, he allows his eye and hand a fair degree of license to be inaccurate, so that his pictures are finally patchworks rather

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