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Timothy Woodman

Zabriskie Gallery

“Cute” is the operative adjective for Timothy Woodman’s painted aluminum reliefs, which depict great moments from the Old Testament and American history. Cute relief work is a medium which has been pretty much done to death by Red Grooms, who at least knows how to push the idea to the rowdy, sleazy edge where boyish enthusiasm turns into art historical satire. More recently, Kim MacConnel has shown that there is still some room for grit in the medium. His paper cutout reliefs, with their vivid process colors and slick illustrations of athletic events, suggest a tough, sophisticated alternative to Leroy Neiman gaucherie.

Grooms and MacConnel have both had a lot of fun with vernacular iconography without ever succumbing to its leveling banality. Their knowing, slangy style is dependent on the cultural context of the work. Like a patois which invigorates the language that spawned it, Grooms’

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