Richard Shaffer

Eugene Binder Gallery

Richard Shaffer’s subject is his workplace: a two-story interior that is layered and papered with clippings and quotations, and stashed throughout with tools and utensils, memorabilia and found objects, niches and shadow boxes. Shelves bearing trails of objects are reproduced full-scale in paintings. Paint applied to canvases laps over deliberately onto walls. It’s like a house of mirrors in which everything is significant but much is obscured, and little is revealed on a too-hasty walk-through.

At this show, Shaffer presented works on paper and on canvas. Small pieces, such as Arc with Sun, 1987, and Avatar Box, 1986, show how Shaffer extracts images both from his immediate environment and from meditations on philosophical literature, particularly phenomenology. Arc with Sun is composed of texts collaged onto canvas. Coaligned but separate, they create a grid-form infrastructure over which

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