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Christopher Wool

Christopher Wool initiated his cautious, self-conscious investigation of painting, and more specifically, of abstraction, in the mid ’80s. Starting from a conceptual ground zero, Wool initially employed chance techniques, including Zen-like pours and allover Pollock-like drips to combat creative inertia. Next he introduced decorative motifs applied with patterned rollers, and later stamps. These paintings evoked wallpaper in their uniformity, yet despite the mechanical nature of his techniques, Wool’s paintings revealed imperfections that evidenced his touch. In recent years, he has incorporated text into his work, presenting words or phrases stacked and divided in ways that thwart their immediate legibility. Exercises in perception, the text paintings leave the viewer to vacillate between abstract and linguistic readings, promoting a questioning of the limits of the categories of pain

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