New York

Linda Francis and Melissa Meyer

Hal Bromm Gallery and Soho Center for Visual Arts

Arakawa’s emotional palette moves readily from the light of his machinery to the dark of the Fahlstrom obituary. Linda Francis and Melissa Meyer, two painters with work on view, are each dead serious with an intense focus.

Francis’ paintings are a case study of the classic’s encounter with the romantic. The classical element: a grid; the romantic: relaxed lines à la Duchamp’s standard stoppages which contrast the order of the grid with the personality of the gesture.

Her paintings are monochrome: the three on view are teal green, red, and iris blue. Charcoal drawings—studies for the paintings—are shown as well. The drawings are made by erasing the applied charcoal—a subtractive measure. The paintings are compositionally the same as the drawings, but with paint Francis’ gesture is necessarily additive. Reciprocal gestures achieve the same effect: the medium isn’t the message, but the conduit.

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