New York

Cynthia Carlson

Pam Adler Gallery

When paint gets so thick it becomes almost an object in itself the next logical step is to remove it from the confines of painting and let it become three-dimensional. Self-sustaining forms carefully scattered along painted walls comprise Cynthia Carlson’s latest show, a result of just such thinking. The squiggles and crosses and dots of paint that built up on her previous canvases have become detached, self-standing objects. They line up across the bottom of a wall in Willie’s Weep, pattern across an expanse of wall space in Ceremony, or cluster together in random arrangements.

The configurations of paint are themselves thickened and stiffened and painted one color. Most often they are, haloed, placed against a small patch of painted wall that highlights each small piece of paint. Gray Edge 2 features a series of the objects lined up against the wall but contained in defined painted patches

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