New York

Edward Youkilis

Acquavella Gallery

Edward Youkilis works with a fiberglass painting base that he may, in spots, use to saturate the canvas and, in others, build up a thick, matte surface. The result is that in any one painting there are two materially contiguous surfaces, one in which color is suspended (each as to the chemistry of the pigment) and another on which it holds fast and hard. On these grounds he traces a given shape, mostly sections of a circle cut out of cardboard (one shape to each series of paintings). These are then filled in with more color, first with a sponge, then a brush.

Superimposed, the forms read abstractly. Yet, as each is somewhat modeled and given its own perspective (as in Cézanne), they read representationally too. This is partly the effect of the tablelike motifs—indeed, each canvas as a whole reads like a table that one cannot quite locate in a perspectival space, because as we look at it,

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