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Dominique Figarella

Caren Golden Fine Art

French artist Dominique Figarella makes relief paintings out of cast-off materials that are either innately light in hue or painted that way—salmon or pale blue or lime green. One painting consists of strands of pink and green gum that have been chewed then stretched around a support. Another sandwiches tennis balls or pieces of roughly shaped foam between a painted wood support and a sheet of clear Plexiglas, with paint oozing out between object and surface. In a third, Figarella wraps wide flesh-colored bandages around the support, squeezing a dark, bloodlike paint into occasional stains throughout the grid these swathes form—to playful rather than sanguinary effect. With its pastel hues and simple, childish materials, Figarella’s work suggests that painting has gone on summer vacation or at least, for a time, has ceased to take itself seriously.

In this, his first one-man show in New

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