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Larry Day

Gross McCleaf Gallery

Larry Day’s paintings rely on a belief in the language of painting and the possibility that, despite its ever changing position in the contemporary art world, it may continue to speak with significance. While the viewer initially experiences a variety of architectural exteriors as the obvious subject of these paintings, it is Day’s particular sensibility taking on the tradition of painting that constitutes the real content of his work. Representation becomes a vehicle for more abstract concerns. In The Red Building, 1988, the general configuration of the exteriors—the size and scale of the parts as they relate to the whole, how the arrangement sits inside its frame—creates a stagelike presence, reinforcing an idea of place as well as presenting a particular locale. And in all of the eight works seen here, it is the abstract considerations that prevail. Day’s paintings do not speak of the

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