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Jill Baroff

Stark Gallery

The urge to purify, to distill a gesture or an idea until it reaches its most concentrated form is the impetus behind Jill Baroff’s recent work. Only a few years ago, Baroff was showing quietly resolute abstract paintings that effectively synthesized a restrained gesturalism with an equally circumspect affinity for biomorphic reference. She has since radicalized her sense of the practice of painting to the point where she dispenses with nearly every convention associated with the term. These recent paintings are situated at the precise intersection of painting, drawing, sculpture, and even architecture.

Baroff’s new works mimic the walls into which they are set. They are “painted” with plaster (and sometimes wax, graphite, or white paint as well) on foam-board panels that, in turn, are mounted into openings cut into the surrounding wall. For most of these works, their primary sense of

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