Los Angeles

Sabina Ott

Pence Gallery

“Material Fictions” was the collective title of this exhibition, comprising five large-scale oil paintings on abutting panels and an accompanying suite of small oils on paper, all from 1988. Sabina Ott continues her esoteric couplings of symbolically charged objects, but with less of the gestural, neo-Expressionist rhetoric that urged her earlier diptychs in the direction of stylish angst. Ott subtly varies her handling of paint from one panel to another, adding another level of disjunction to the retinue of juxtaposed images that give her work its poetry of signification.

Among the prominent motifs are an ovoid form suggesting variously a serving tray, a mirror, or an egg; a tangled pile of chain links, resembling the convolutions of a brain; and the silhouette of a hand, rendered in flat green, making a gesture of benediction. These three things come together in Material Fictions #1, a

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