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David Reed

Max Protetch

David Reed continues to explore variations of the lush, sweeping folds of color that have become the hallmark of his painting. On one level these marks suggest magnified, almost fetishized brushstrokes, but their swirling, bulging forms carry other references as well, from rumpled velvet to whitewashed store windows to hilly landscapes. Reed divides his compositions into rectangular sections, most of which are filled with these brushstrokes. Usually, the brushstrokes are contained within individual sections, but sometimes they continue across several of them. In many of the paintings, a section or narrow border of flat color serves to counterpoint these illusionistic brushstrokes.

This relatively simple syntax allows Reed to explore a wide range of formal and compositional questions. Removed from the context of a larger pictorial structure, the brushstroke marks are dematerialized, taking

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