Los Angeles

Jay Phillips

Roy Boyd Gallery

There is more paint and more painting on Jay Phillips’ new enamel-on-aluminum paintings than on his earlier work. Phillips’ paint is now deeper and weightier; the pieces here have a palpable surface, an enamel skin which carries a record of the layered depth trapped between the surface and the impenetrable metal. Like their predecessors, they are a collection of horizontally abutted patterns—stripes, checks, polka dots—set against or on top of fields of loose, excited paint, and the occasional solid color, all fashioned in gloss enamel and bright colors on an aluminum support which is cut and twisted to form an actual space in and in front of the paintings. Like their colors, the paintings’ workings are harsh and vibrant. The painted patterns mimic the placement of the folded aluminum; they advance, recede, and slide across one another in the flat, parallel, comfortable space of Modern

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