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Jonathan Santlofer

Pam Adler Gallery

Jonathan Santlofer produces some of the most aggressive paintings around. At the source of the strong impact made by each of the single panels and diptychs here is the supercharged relationship between the shaped edges and the illusionistic planar images. Surging sensations of colored space in movement and depth characterize these curvy, lushly painted pictorial forms.

The paintings range in size from Breaking, 1982, which measures 21 1/4 by 20 inches, to the large diptychs like Duet II, 1982, which measures 82 by 79 inches. In the larger works the expansive qualities inherent in Santlofer’s rhythmical, asymmetrical compositions are given free and vibrant reign. Duet II is representative of the methods: it is made using a regular stretcher bar to which plywood extensions, cut in the desired shapes, are added. Canvas is then stretched over the resulting added but flat surface. The panels in

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