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Irene Pijoan

Bedford Gallery

In an era when the tyranny of “signature style” has meant that an artist’s production should be both consistent and readily attributable, Irene Pijoan has courageously embraced a wide range of media and modes of production. The objects and images presented in this midcareer survey of work from the past twenty years were so various that a first impression suggested a group exhibition rather than a solo show. Sculpture and painting—on canvas, wood, linen, plaster, and stone—explored both dark, expressive figuration and vivid, delicate abstraction; figures, landscapes, words, and shapes were formed in wax, painted in oil, sketched in charcoal, and cut from paper. Yet on closer examination, important threads of continuity appear, connecting the different periods of Pijoan’s artistic evolution. A sensuous, psychologically charged love of materials has evolved over time into a humanist

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