New York

Fabian Marcaccio

John Post Lee Gallery

Fabian Marcaccio uses the conventional elements of Modernist practice in an artificially rule-bound, self-conscious, and non-idiomatic way to create not a chain of orderly communicative utterances but peculiar and estranging sequences that, for all their blatancy, continually short-circuit any effort to comprehend them. This work speaks Painting as a Foreign Language.

This exhibition consisted of a series of five paintings titled “The Altered Genetics of Painting,” 1992–93. The paintings, closely allied in color, in some respects seemed to form a quasi-narrative cycle, yet were also self-contained. Visual patterns reappeared from painting to painting (since Marcaccio uses printing technologies as readily as the handcrafts traditional to painting, his repetitions are quite exact) but always interacted quite distinctly with the other elements in a particular piece. In this sense the organization

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