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  • Michiko Itatani

    Deson-Saunders Gallery

    Michiko Itatani’s vertiginous paintings do everything but actually spin, setting up disorienting and cacophonous rhythms. Maelstroms of shifting pictorial fields that pile up to touch the parameters of chaos, they reach as near to centrifugal speed as paint and canvas is likely to get. Writhing human figures are always at the actual center of Itatani’s dizzying orbs of matter, and are painted in brushy tones of gray, black, and white. They may be of indeterminate gender and have their faces averted, but they confront a rather specific dilemma—they are always shown spinning uncontrollably in a

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