Cologne

Douglas Wada

Galerie Borgmann • Nathusius

DOUGLAS WADA'S NEW PAINTINGS depict icons of American life—things that otherwise tend to escape notice, like subway seats, garbage cans, lockers, streetlights, air conditioners, suitcases, and loudspeakers. Wada isolates individual objects in a flat, usually monochromatically white pictorial space—except when the subject fills the entire image, as in Girlschool, 2001, which shows a row of dark blue-green lockers—so that the pictorial surface and the wall behind it can hardly be distinguished at a distance: a quotation-like play with painterly illusionism through which the images gain a nearly objectlike character, just as the objects portrayed are granted a sculptural quality through their representation.

Wada underscored this objecthood through his hanging of the paintings. He positioned Untitled (Subway Seat), 2001, at chair height; placed Untitled #1 (Trash Can), 2001, barely above

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