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Moira Dryer

Mary Boone Gallery | Chelsea

Moira Dryer’s fuzzy abstract paintings look like wallpaper or bedraggled scaps of moiré or tie-dyed fabric. In spite of this seeming inconsequence, the work proceeds, albeit tenuously, from a metaphor of abstraction as consciousness—a metaphor that has persisted with intermittent strength since the advent of Abstract Expressionism. Dryer shirks the often embarrassing rhetoric of torment that characterizes much of that movement’s constitutive discourse, but she retains a vague emotivity as the subdued referential content of her art. An absence of readily discernible subject matter points towards an interiorized psychological experience as abstraction’s meaning, although in Dryer’s work this experience is potentially vitiated by the nagging persistence of ornamental excrescences. As Dryer explicitly disavows purist or “religious” abstraction, the nature of the work’s interiority becomes its

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