Los Angeles

Carole Caroompas

Sue Spaid Gallery

Carole Caroompas paints with a vengeance, producing enormous seminarrative canvases with a cheeky disregard for what artists—especially feminist artists—are “supposed” to be doing in the ’90s. Not a single piece of fur, not a single body part, no installation objects, nothing but acrylic paint on rectangular pieces of canvas, yet these large-format paintings are anything but conventional.

Since her emergence within the feminist art community in Los Angeles in the ’70s, Caroompas has developed an individual yet recognizably Angeleno style: with minimal brushstroke texture she renders repetitive patterns associated with upholstery or interior decor in bright Day-Glo colors. Merging Pop’s interest in the rendition of the vernacular with the ornamental pizzazz of feminist Pattern and Decoration, the flat surfaces of her paintings are inscrutable yet clearly erotic.

While Caroompas’ earlier work

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