Los Angeles

Linda Stark

Angles Gallery

With four of her largest paintings to date (each measuring roughly two by two feet and all from 1999), Linda Stark continues building up surfaces with puddles, drips, and layered coats of fluid oil painta process she augments with more traditional rendering.

Black Widow Portrait III falls somewhere between Color Field painting, naturalist illustration, fashion design, and international signage, its hourglass-shaped red figure on a black ground simultaneously conjuring the poisonous female spider, the outline of a head-turning red dress, and the femme fatale. In Curtains, she turns layer after layer of dripping black paint into curtains indeed, perhaps closing, perhaps opening theatrically on a planet or orb with a rainbow auragenesis or Armageddon uncertain. In Jesus! Stark’s painstaking process comes across most viscerally, with the many layers of flesh-colored paint recessing glowing red

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