Chicago

Susan Michod

Jan Cicero Gallery

In 1975, Susan Michod’s pattern painting was dense, claustrophobic and plotted out academically. In tension with the regular repetition of rectangular blocks were exceedingly detailed decorations—polka dots and her-ringbone twills. Off the stretcher and pinned directly to the wall, her new work seems freer, more spontaneous and quite poetic. Still relying upon basics of pattern—interchangeable figure-ground relationships and all-over, equal-stress structures—she has now entirely broken away from the previous dense regimentation.

Rather than analyzing flip flops, inversions and permutations on graph paper. Michod now hand sketches various large, flowing, geometric or organic shapes directly onto the blank canvas. She paints in a layer of color and then stamps different motifs using potato blocks cut in shapes similar to those of the large painted areas. To the eye, it looks like ducks on a

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