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Charles Spurrier

Thread Waxing Gallery

Charles Spurrier adopts the role of artist as mender. He “paints” with the components of a first-aid kit, mapping stitchlike segments of thin black thread and gobs of pigmented petroleum jelly on sheets of translucent tape. His protoplasmic forms, muted variations on the glomming red biomorph in The Blob, 1958, have appeared on gallery walls in billboard-size reliefs.

In his most recent show, Spurrier displayed smaller-scale, obsessively crafted examples of his tape-and-jelly pieces along with kitschy allover abstractions made of well-chewed bubble gum on board. Some of Spurrier’s vinyl squares appeared to be cast deep in the shadows of Agnes Martin’s evanescent grids; other pieces proved to have a closer affinity with the inventions of Joe Zucker, or, more obliquely, Kiki Smith’s body-conscious paper pieces. Spurrier’s two nubbly, chewed-gum fantasies (one made from a luridly colored

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