San Francisco

Deborah Oropallo

Wirtz Art

“Stretch” was the title of Deborah Oropallo’s recent exhibition at Stephen Wirtz Gallery, and the term applies as much to the vertical blurring that distinguishes many of the paintings as to their maker’s apparent compulsion to continually challenge and extend her practice. Since the 1980s, the artist’s shows have been marked by some surprisingly sudden shifts in direction, but she has remained committed to challenging the dismissal of painting as moribund. While Oropallo no longer paints in oil, she continues to hone a sensibility concerned above all with the manipulation of pigment on canvas. The fourteen new works in this show are digital acrylic and pigment prints on canvas, the surfaces of which have a subtle waxy sheen that lends the surface a painterly aura.

Thematically, the works, with their idealized images of houses and their Snow White figurines, relate to some generic fairy

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