New York

Troels Wörsel

Brooke Alexander Gallery

The paintings of Troels Wörsel, a Danish artist living in Cologne, run a very mild-mannered rhetorical range yet convey a peculiar quality of remote pain, a pain both remotely inflicted and remotely sustained. On single canvases, on diptychs and triptychs, Wörsel places abstract fields or patterns. He does so coolly, almost distractedly, sometimes adding some offhand scrap of representation, or perhaps a discreet object such as a doorknob. His palette, until recently black, white, and gray, now includes archetypally acrylic hues of orange and green—the first colors to recede in color blindness.

These quiet maneuvers numb the suffering, which is primarily Wörsel’s. He seems to develop his working method in much the way a bookkeeper maintains a ledger, by juggling restraints, and each of the succinct, self-effacing paintings shown here was in fact a veiled miasma of cultural dictates, debts,

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