San Francisco

Brian Longe

Lawson De Celle Gallery

A combination of spatial exploration and primitive inference characterizes Brian Longe’s compositions. After painting a paddlelike form onto a traditional rectangle, the artist cuts it out, producing an irregularly shaped work. The unbacked canvas, on which the undercoating is visible, is then tacked tightly to the wall, creating a dialogue between the smooth wall surface and the painted canvas field. The illusion produced by the convergence of wall and canvas is heightened by the isolation of the individual canvases from one another within the gallery, as well as the paddle shape, which extends beyond the main part of the canvas, and which appears to pass through it. However, these paintings have an individuality that emerges from intended contradiction. For example, at the top of each work a dark, narrow, painted stripe suggests an imaginary stretcher bar and alludes to the anchoring

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