New York

Lydia Dona

Bertha Urdang Gallery

Lydia Dona paints on cardboard panels that form either horizontal or vertical sequences: sequences, not series, for the panels or frames are not all the same. Size varies as does technique; and displacement, not repetition, is the crux of the work. At least that is the format of two of the four works, Local Direction and French/German Color Proportion, 1; the other two are compositional (and compromise somewhat the merits of the first two).

Dona’s work recalls Jennifer Bartlett’s; both seem intuitive but are largely systemic. And yet Dona’s work is at once more simple and less obvious than Bartlett’s; its complexity is critical and never chaotic. In Bartlett the system takes over: it, not the artist, seems to generate the work and so it is not worked through as it is painted. Dona seems to work through more, perhaps because she takes on less.

Local Direction is a horizontal sequence of three

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