New York

Peggy Cyphers

M-13 Gallery

One mark of artistic vision is the ability to create a pictorial world in which everything looks distinctive and nothing appears contrived. This is a mark difficult to attain, but it has been hit, and right on target, in the recent work of Peggy Cyphers. This young New York abstract painter seeks that critical edge where form emerges with feeling, space suggests situation, and image turns into idea. The means she uses are both visual and conceptual. The energetic material qualities of Cyphers’ pictures make them resound as physical and perceptible things, and in the process liberate the paintings’ psychic potential as magical objects. A multiple-image format organizes the viewing experience. concentrating attention on, for example, the placements involved in the compartmentalized compositions until what is seen perceptually comes to life emotively. The titles also encourage an active,

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