New York

Anna Bialobroda

Jason McCoy Inc.

Anna Bialobroda’s oblong slivers of images from the silver screen present us with slices of unlife that don’t add up to a whole. It was Willem de Kooning who said that “Content is a glimpse,” and his remark seems at least as relevant to Bialobroda’s project as to his own paintings. In any event, it’s always edifying to discover an artist doing something smart and fresh with (figure) painting, whether or not he or she has been declared legally unconscious.

The top parts of Bialobroda’s paintings are truncated close-ups; the bottom portions represent the darkness where we the audience would be. In the lower section of each painting, an exit sign glows in dulled red or green, providing some color in contrast to the black and white fragments of faces above. More than simply post-Pop paintings from nonspecific screen sources, Bialobroda’s paintings use cropping and scale to engage the viewing

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