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Vincent Fecteau

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)

Vincent Fecteau’s modest-scale sculptures have always exuded a curiously mixed vibe: They’re inviting because of their arts-and-crafts materials yet repellent because of their open, even defiant expression of creative anxiety. The artist’s first solo museum exhibition, which took place as part of the Berkeley Art Museum’s “Matrix” series before traveling to the Pasadena Museum of California Art, included thirteen of these untitled pieces. As the largest collection of his work assembled by an art institution to date, the show had an unexpected graciousness, but the sculptures still conjured a host of enigmatic associations,with implied narratives and formal tensions embedded in their flatly painted veneers.

Fecteau finished all the pieces in 2001 or 2002, but, as pointed out by curator Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson, his creative process often spans many years preceding a work’s completion. That

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