Los Angeles

Mindy Shapero

Anna Helwing Gallery

Mindy Shapero’s image-objects would seem to fit snugly into a West Coast tradition that stretches from John McCracken to Liz Larner; but Shapero, though a recent alumna of the USC graduate program, is a recent transplant from New York, and on closer inspection her work bears as little resemblance to the concerns of this particular region as to those delimiting the more general parameters of contemporary art.

Starting with the smallest constituent parts, Shapero builds her paper works steadily outward by a process of incremental accretion. Some remain modestly scaled, while others rise up on stilts from the gallery floor to address the body of the viewer directly, or even to dwarf it. Paper swatches the size and shape of guitar picks, parti-color or monochromatic, are layered one over another in tightly radiating patterns that resemble the scales of a fish or the swirling eddies of water

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