Alexis Marguerite Teplin

Entwistle Gallery

“Those who did not live before the revolution,” as Talleyrand notoriously claimed, “never tasted the sweetness of life.” Despite its obsessive attraction to the art of the ancien régime, Alexis Marguerite Teplin’s work has been made in cognizance of more than one revolution. Though far from a McDermott & McGough–style full-body immersion in the past, her project reflects an outsider’s fascination for a douceur de vie she can only imagine. The London-based American’s multifaceted practice includes painting and assemblage alongside less easily classified works like painted-on found posters (these are perhaps better understood as an extension of collage, without any literal cutting and pasting, than a form of painting or drawing) and, at least as presented here, flirts with installation without ever committing to it. No piece quite conforms to the requirements of gallery display but instead

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