Leonard Forslund


The art of Leonard Forslund is characterized by its extreme matter-of-factness. Objects are dryly, dispassionately rendered, banal in their everydayness: a soccer ball, a sofa, a rope ladder, a heater, a chair, a shower stall. Taken out of their ordinary contexts, these things appear with a new, obtrusive distinctness though they are not physically present and remain flat images on a canvas.

The six paintings that comprised his most recent show are characterized by a dry grayness, the color of complete boredom. On closer inspection, however, the surfaces show signs of life—vaguely shimmering greens and pinks. Forslund emphasizes the contours of the silk-screened images with a discrete relief. Every detail is meticulously finished; these paintings are almost uncanny in their perfection.

The segmentation of the canvases reinforces the impression of something artificial and constructed. The

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