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Miltos Manetas

Lawing Gallery

Miltos Manetas began making paintings in 1995, some time after he had become a devotee of computers and mastered image-processing software, so it is no surprise that laptops, Zip drives, data cables, and digital-game components populate his works. But beyond providing subjects for still lifes and props for figure studies, the “coolness” of computer technology, its cut-and-paste power over images, has led the artist to an analogous casualness about the vocabulary of painting that permits him to freely sample styles of rendering and strategies of composition.

The series “Eight Perfect Paintings” (all works 1999) formed the central installation in his recent show. Identical in scale and format and sharing the name Untitled (PowerBook), each six-foot-wide canvas is a brushy rendering of the cover of a closed Apple PowerBook laptop, which completely fills the rectangle of the picture plane like

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