New York

John Chamberlain

Pace Gallery, Pace Prints

Just as John Chamberlain’s earlier works maintained the structural and material integrity of the automobile parts from which they were largely derived, so too their colors remained true to this original source. In his most recent works, however, both structure and color refer less specifically to automobile bodies and evoke, instead, forms that seem almost organic.

The only unaltered surfaces in this new body of work are provided by chrome-plated bumpers that serve as structural cores for a number of works. From these silvery fonts spring polychromatic explosions of bent, crimped, and twisted automobile scraps. Rather than the singular, unmodulated tones that characterize the typical automobile, and much of Chamberlain’s earlier work, these shards are painted with a frenzy of psychedelic effects. One finds surfaces marbleized or stenciled with various patterned meshes, screens, and templates;

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