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Tim Litzmann

Mary Boone Gallery | Uptown

Tim Litzmann lists the medium of his pictures as “acrylic/cast acrylic,” and at first I wondered whether this wordplay meant he had developed a way to set acrylic paint in a solid sheet, to which he then strategically applied acrylic in its usual form-making paint both the medium and the support. That way the works’ color would actually constitute their very stuff, rather than remain a superficial veneer laid over another material. In fact, though, cast acrylic seems to be a Plexiglas-like substance, which Litzmann cuts to size. Then he paints the back in one color and the object’s bare perpendicular edges in another, and abrade; the front surface to reduce its transparency. Even so, the result looks pretty much as if it were what I had imagined it was: a milky mono-chrome panel in which color is apparently integral, embedded in the support rather than applied to it. The edges of each work

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