San Francisco

Helene Aylon

Grapestake Gallery

In the early 1970s Helene Aylon created “paintings that change in time,” process works in which oil, dyes and paint were placed on resistant brown paper and sandwiched between nonporous surfaces such as plexiglass. The artist’s primary goal with these works was to observe the transformations that occurred after the piece was assembled. As a body of work they attracted attention for their uniqueness of both material and process. But by the nature of the technique and somewhat unprogrammed material, they lacked visual cohesiveness.

In Aylon’s most recent work, the formative process takes place as the work is assembled. These pieces, which aren’t exactly paintings, since they use neither paint nor brush, are constructed solely with linseed oil poured, dripped or puddled in layers onto the brown paper. However, in contrast to the earlier works, the artist retains more control, creating a

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