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Lisa Caccioppoli

Threewalls

Lisa Caccioppoli paints owls. Sometimes there’s just one large owl on her smallish white canvases, but more often there’s a large group of them, containing a dozen to forty or more members. The eight untitled paintings shown at ThreeWalls were executed in September and October 2005, while Caccioppoli was in residence at the gallery. She uses a generic silhouette of a perched owl throughout, presenting the bird as sign and rarely articulating individual bodies other than as variously sized patches of solid color, a few of which incorporate slight tonal shifts. Caccioppoli also eschews any spatial or narrative anchor. The owls are scattered about every which way (though they never overlap), cascading in seemingly random patterns. Chromatic variation is understated: Several gray-red owls are accompanied by some that are a gray-blue; a group of dark cranberry ones has chocolate-brown ones in

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