James Stroud

Barbara Krakow Gallery

To make the paintings in his latest exhibition, “Linear Strategies,” James Stroud secured square aluminum panels to a metal rack like those used by commercial printers and applied blue, red, and yellow oil-based printing inks in grids and stripes with a roller. Despite the limitations of this procedure and the exacting rigor of his techniques, borrowed from printmaking (he is also a master printer), the geometric abstractions that result are surprisingly luminous and seductive.

Six of the seven grand installations on view were long rectangular arrangements of the painted aluminum squares (all works 2001). Mounted on hidden wood supports, the twenty-by-twenty-inch panels seemed to hover about an inch from the white wall. The hard edges of the aluminum and the precisely painted stripes, rectangles, and squares are systematically linear, but the layered surfaces appear to glow. The two largest

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