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Sam Gummelt

Janie C. Lee Gallery

SAM GUMMELT uses photographs of doors and windows as a point of departure for his large-scale, elegant paintings. He doesn’t paint from photographs, but is inspired by the overlay of colors on old wood and the proportions set up within enclosing rectangles of a door or window. Sometimes he scales his work exactly to the original doorway. The paintings consist of several stretched canvases put together, complete with strip molding. The back is almost as interesting as the front, where the stretchers are supported with a grid of subdivisions. Although the works are certainly to be experienced as paintings, this constructed aspect gives them an important physical dimension.

A roomful of these predominately gray canvases is quieting; one feels surprised that, in this period of increasingly complex painting, Gummelt is still willing to take on so limited a set of options for his art. The oil

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