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Aaron Fink

Alpha Gallery

This exhibition of 15 works marks the first show devoted entirely to Aaron Fink’s counterproofs. By laying paper down on wet painted canvas and pulling it off, Fink produces what he terms a “counter-image.” The works exhibited here contain Fink’s signature centered images of mundane subjects ranging from a hat to a candle flame to a bunch of hanging grapes. All of the works combine encrusted layers of paint with fluid areas of black ink to create rich, moody surfaces. Their subject is the tension between the illusion of the object and the physicality of the paint.

In Apple, 1990, a work that incorporates sparse areas of paint and highly textured surfaces, a piece of fruit that looks as if it is beginning to decay also suggests chipping housepaint. Two Tomatoes, 1989, is a twin image—one yellow and one orange—crisscrossed by grids of gray paint that drip down onto a lower pink portion of

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