New York

Daniel Levine

Julien Pretto

Daniel Levine reiterates images. Taking an arbitrary source such as a painting or print, he reproduces part of that image in black and white acrylic paint. But recognition of the original source is obviously not the desired goal, since each of his images is equally abstract; they resemble each other more than they resemble their sources. What is retained from the original is only a hinted movement, a darkened area, or a surface texture. The fact that the original sources are referred to neither in the works themselves nor in their titles underscores Levine’s interest in pursuing an arbitrariness of identity. Each source is transformed into a small black and white acrylic painting either on paper or brushed steel. Whether in the delicate paper version or the more austere metal one, each of these pieces has been vaporized of all specifics.

Such vaporization of reference has several effects.

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