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Frances Scholz

Galerie Monika Sprüth Philomene Magers

From the beginning, Frances Scholz wanted her paintings to rise above the opposition between narrative and abstraction. All along, she has challenged herself with color, line, and pure form—the elements of painting. And yet she didn’t want to stick with just that. The world of her paintings was not meant to renounce all relationship to reality, even though she didn’t want to paint narrative pictures. But how can one carry this ambition off?

In her most recent paintings, Scholz has discovered a method that allows her to do so. Photos, symbols, and logos from the daily press provide her starting point. For example, she comes across the letters SOS, the international call for help: She flips them and turns them upside down, then projects them backward onto a canvas and fills them in with color. Her colors are often primaries and other bright tones, the paint fluid and drippy: Randomness is

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