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  • Barrie Cooke

    Kerlin Gallery

    In these paintings of untouched places, Barrie Cooke travels light. With Patterson’s Lakes II, 1989, he upends a watery plain and has it hang there at an angle of 90 degrees to the earth. The place has been hoisted upright, lakes and all, by the picture plane, which appears to have a magical civil engineering capability. But by lifting hard, the picture plane loses its effortlessly vertical air. Balancing there, it becomes as much a puzzle as the sight of the expanse it has upended.

    One way to escape the civic pull of horizontals and verticals is simply to collapse them into each other. If the

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