new-york

Charles Clough

Pam Adler Gallery

Increasingly, the use of hybrid media by contemporary artists must be read as a critical gesture, implying comment on the epistemological limitations or inadequacies of specific means to our time. This appears to be the case in Charles Clough’s works, which are mediumistic mongrels, amalgams of photographs and paint. Each of his recent small images consists of an art reproduction or photograph that has been swathed with brilliant strokes of swirled and scumbled paint. The colors and textures of enamel play contrapuntally with the underlying images so as to shift or mimic the focus in a harmonic dialogue among works. The photographed scenes are mainly landscapes, woodlands, beaches, and parks; the reproductions run the gamut from Dutch masters to Monet to Morris Louis. Each of the tiny paintings can, on the buyer’s request, be blown up into a full-scale photograph, thus completing the

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