Grace Graupe-Pillard

Hal Bromm Gallery

This show represents a breakthrough for Grace Graupe-Pillard. It features repeated images that act together to form political statements. In earlier works, Graupe-Pillard used pastels to make large-scale, realist images based on everyday photographs of people. She blew these images up to make overlooked people seem heroic, almost mythic. In these images, she exposes the negative flipside of such mythifying.

Graupe-Pillard still uses pastels in rich, saturated colors, including lots of flesh tones and shades of purple. In two new pieces she employs freestanding shaped canvases mounted on wood. 10 Cents a Ride, 1989, is cut in the shape of a young girl riding a mechanical toy car that rises up like a rocket. The artist sharply underscores this naive state of bliss by superimposing onto it a stark image of a street person holding an empty coffee cup for panhandling. Graupe-Pillard compresses

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