David Dupuis

Turner & Byrne Gallery

According to Arthur C. Danto, art “ended” with Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box so now artists can choose to be any kind of artist they want. They can be Abstractionists, performance artists, Conceptualists, or switch back and forth among these, even on the same day. Just because artists are free from the forward march of art history, however, doesn’t mean they are free from their own compulsions; if anything, these compulsions will continue to sustain art when the historical reasons for making it have gone away. The strength of David Dupuis’ art, for example, is rooted precisely in his lack of choice. Dupuis doesn’t appear to have chosen to make the intricate mazes of cut paper that grow like coral formations across the surfaces of his canvases—any more than a doodler chooses to fill pages with concentric circles or Simon Rodia chose to build the Watts Towers.

The obvious difference between Dupuis’

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