Washington, DC

Fabian Marcaccio

Baumgartner Galleries

In his recent exhibition, Argentinian-born Fabian Marcaccio presented four major paintings and several smaller works on paper (all works 1996–97). In the larger pieces—dazzling, quirky, and highly mannered objects that he calls “paintants,” a conflation of the words “painting,” “replicant,” and “mutant” —canvas is pulled tautly over stretchers, made from irregularly shaped copper tubing, that protrude several inches from the wall. Except in the case of Paintant #3, a row of nylon cords fastens the canvas directly to the wall (and in the case of Paintant #4 to the floor as well). The results look something like the underside of a trampoline with people on it, or a tarp fastened with bungee cords over bulky objects that poke and push its surface. Unlike his earlier, more traditional structures, the disrupted surfaces create a tension that is literal as well as pictorial. The cords are

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