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Yanick Lapuh

Alpha Gallery

Yanick Lapuh makes his debut solo show with an impressive selection of ten abstract diptychs that consist of canvases mounted on wood. Lapuh is a master of illusion, employing diagrammatic variations based on the cube. Each diptych consists of panels of contrasting muted color, texture, and shape. In a number of works, the cube appears on the right panel as a series of precisely etched lines on a flat ground. This simple, geometric form is juxtaposed with a left panel, sometimes square and sometimes repeating the contours of the right portion, covered with strips of wood that protrude from the surface in varying degrees.

Lapuh employs a rich variety of materials on both panels of his diptychs. In S Z 19 (all works 1990), the flat right panel consists of thin layers of brown oil pigment sprinkled with burned wood ashes and topped with a layer of paint mixed with turpentine. This smoky, fluid

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