New York

Francine Halvorsen

Bertha Urdang Gallery

Francine Halvorsen’s drawings and paintings are the result of ritualizing chirography on paper, or the very rectangular space of the canvas. The drawings, graphite on Arches paper, consist of small, handwriting-sized marks, squares, “U”s like fingernail impressions, all repeated in hypnotic succession creating both straight and drifting lines. The paintings, oil on 4’ by 6’ linen canvases, are each horizontally subdivided into different ratios of white, black, gray and unpainted bands. A drawing ethic prevails; every inch is intimately worked: the white paint is either slathered on like thinned taffy or so diluted that it mottles, letting the canvas show through. The segments which are not painted are nonetheless toyed with by being primed.

On close inspection, both the drawings and the paintings are tense with a tactile involvement, but when one pulls back, there is almost an elimination

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