Jeffrey Dennis

Artspace London

Art is most likely to touch on something real just at the point where it doesn’t look like other art, and Jeffrey Dennis’s keeps looking less and less like anybody’s but his own. In the past, Dennis has attached three-dimensional objects to his paintings or simply done the paintings on three-dimensional objects; situated them on the floor as well as on the wall; and done them on canvases shaped like TV screens or on seemingly irrational sequences of abutted rectangles that meander aimlessly across a wall. Here he sticks to the conventional wall-hung rectangle as well as to a single kind of ground: a dense field of roughly drawn, overlapping circles, which can at times resemble pebbles, at other times bubbles. Yet canny handling of color and composition allows the artist to seemingly reinvent his formula each time.

Of course, Robert Rauschenberg and his “flatbed picture plane,” as Leo

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