Los Angeles

Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe

Kuhlenschmidt-Simon Gallery

Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe’s nonrepresentational paintings are inherently unstable. They exploit the metaphysical dialectic of presence/absence, interior/exterior, identity/difference through a series of formal discontinuities that create a multiplicity of possible readings. Gilbert-Rolfe achieves this largely through a strategy of decentering, forcing the viewer to discover ways in and out of each individual work, as well as through the apparent disunity of the installation as a whole. By deliberately clustering vertical strips of color toward the outer edge of the canvas, the artist is able to refocus attention to a literal and metaphoric periphery. As chromatic and spatial dissonances refuse to allow interior forms to gel, we also become aware of the importance of the space between the paintings themselves and each work’s tendency to spill over into its neighbor, as if it were proliferating

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