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Dan Witz

Semaphore Gallery

The content in traditional academic figure painting is fundamentally determined by the narrative or symbolic references depicted in the work. The reading of such work has so consistently operated within the conformities of traditional iconography, recognizable literary or mythological situations, or common narrative form that the paintings of Dan Witz are puzzling in their seemingly significant insignificance—that is, they possess the unmistakable aura of meaning while their simplicity proclaims a void of innuendo and association. The power of these works comes not from the elusiveness of interpretation but rather from a zen of emptiness. So much meaning has been recorded in art that redundancy renders much of it meaningless. Witz manages to focus on the illusion of allusion without referring to anything beyond the paintings composition, which in these works is reduced to a bare minimum.

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