Los Angeles

Fandra Chang

Shea & Boorstein

In recent years, Los Angeles nonrepresentational painters have begun to carve out a niche for themselves as deconstructors of traditional Modernist formalism. Instead of exploiting metaphysical oppositions such as center/margin, inside/outside, work/frame, and this/that, these artists favor a more differentiated approach, in which supplemental elements such as edge and surround supplant the usual dominant paradigms through endless slippage and deferral. In an impressive solo debut, Fandra Chang firmly aligns herself with this group in a series of mixed-media works that deliberately play on fluid, Nietzschean motifs such as becoming and eternal recurrence.

Undercurrent, 1991, for example, consists of a horizontal series of four wooden panels of which the first and third are recessed in a boxlike structure and covered with a translucent skin or scrim. The grain of the two outer panels is

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