New York

Joe Zucker

Holly Solomon Gallery

In Joe Zucker’s new painting series, “Combinations,” patterns amount to considerably more than mere patterns. In these 15 works hung frame to frame, which dramatically overcome the gallery space, arms and boxing gloves jump and converge lyrically. The subject, a 15-round boxing match, is immediately clear from the red gloves and arms that appear in most of the pictures; but Zucker’s forms are silhouettes, two-dimensional abstract shapes that emphasize surface and are painted in a limited, repetitive palette. Zucker further accentuates the importance of surface by using heavy Rho-plex, painting incomplete (though recognizable) forms, and alternating his negative and positive spaces.

With all of this surface action, the depicted violence of the fight in progress goes unnoticed at first. Even in the last three paintings of the series (the final rounds), in which we may decipher a face being

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