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Lynn Umlauf

Into this history falls LYNN UMLAUF. Both Peri’s and her shapes are impossible to describe although they feel “right.” Geometric in the widest, most fluid sense of the word, the shapes approach the figural and the movement of a figure without losing their identities as “just shapes.” Umlauf’s “reliefs” are very flat, made of paper laid on canvas tacked nonchalantly to the wall so their material irregularities give an illusion of volume without depth. Peri achieves a complex under-over, flapping hide-and-seek, front-and-back intrigue by a puzzling figure-ground play of simple color and odd, spikey shape. Umlaut uses two barely distinct materials, which give the slightest impression of in-and-out and front-and-behind. In the simplest piece, two longish shapes are separated below the center by a horizontal boundary where they touch along an equal limit. The two areas seem to have “opened up”

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