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Nancy Mitchnick

Nancy Mitchnick’s compact paintings of lightbulbs and landscapes fuse the elusive beauty of light-saturated color with the tac-tile materiality of common, mass-produced objects. Simultaneously sumptuous and understated, ravishingly gorgeous and perfectly ordinary, her deceptively simple images create a palimpsest of narratives on a single, painterly surface. Mitchnick’s realistic depictions bring the rich, if long-beleaguered, traditions of still life, landscape, and portraiture into the present. Smartly exaggerating the tendency of contemporary photo-based conceptualism toward tight cropping, aggressive framing, and dramatic staging, her vivid pictures conflate supposedly out-dated genres of painting in uncannily unified, quasi-iconic compositions. By marrying these putatively archaic modes to techniques and procedures more common to mechanical reproduction than to hand-made representations,

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