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David Lefkowitz

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David Lefkowitz did most of the paintings in this exhibition while he was teaching art at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. His experiences there suggested an episode of the television sitcom Northern Exposure: a hip young professional dropped into a small town to inform and, more significantly, be informed by the context he encounters. Lefkowitz has a rapier sharp wit and a febrile mind that incessantly probes the situations surrounding him. Though he is a painter, his restlessness has regularly led him to violate the traditional parameters of easel painting; it is typical of him, for example, to present paintings at the centers of 45-rpm records. Strangers in the Night, 1990, becomes a Frank Sinatra tondo, the record framing a tiny painting of an eerie lamplight street. Roy Orbison’s Running Scared, 1990, is fitted with a small sci-fi image of a figure being chased by a scary

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