Judy Haberl

Akin Gallery

Judy Haberl’s puzzle paintings combine found objects, paper, and paint to create dense objects that pose playful questions about the nature of appropriation. Haberl’s Rauschenbergian fantasies juxtapose kitschy artifacts with a more personal vision of reality. Her earlier works included jigsaw-puzzle reproductions of paintings by masters of Modern art; the 11 new collages contain jigsaw-puzzle images of traditional landscapes, still lifes, and nature studies. The puzzle pieces investigate the possibilities that arise from reconstructing banal puzzle parts so that they become something dramatic and unique. The most successful images are those in which Haberl employs the jigsaw puzzles as a starting point and integrates their surfaces into her own more painterly materials.

The jigsaw puzzle itself is an appropriated medium, a photographic reproduction that is enlarged and deconstructed into

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