New York

Valerie Jaudon

Holly Solomon Gallery

Valerie Jaudon’s paintings brought something to my attention which is difficult to explain. (This difficulty is not what interests me, however.) The best way of putting it is that they do not seem to be abstract as much as representational of the abstract. They do not “represent” other abstract paintings or objects, nor do they parody them. They do not turn abstraction into a cartoon of itself. I don’t mean that her paintings relate to abstraction as realist painting does to its ostensible subject matter. The paintings do not represent an instance of the abstract, of abstraction. They present a process of arriving at abstraction, as if abstraction were being reinvented. I am not sure what it is in the paintings themselves that creates this distinction.

The nonrelational formats are not derived from the edge, nor do they necessarily radiate from the center. Unlike Stella’s one-color paintings

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