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Allan Graham

Angles Gallery

Allan Graham’s deliberately dysfunctional doors metaphorically open onto the series of paradoxes that once grounded representational painting: before they migrated to formalist abstraction, then mutated into Minimalist installations, and finally disappeared into what is commonly thought of as everyday life. The artist’s meticulously unfinished and unenterable constructions neatly chart the architecture of an essential aspect of Modernism’s negative impulse—its desire to align the rarefied territory of esthetic experience with the mundane.

On the surface, Graham’s works are common, slightly altered Masonite doors that have been painted black or white and hung on shiny brass hinges in simple pine frames. Upon entering the gallery, you’re almost immediately compelled by childish curiosity to try to open the single, paired, or double doors, either by slipping your fingers into the holes where

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