new-york

Marco Neri

Lucas Schoormans

Marco Neri’s cityscapes and architectures are simultaneously spare and lush. Rendered in tempera, the pictures’ matte black surfaces look plain but act rich—the paint is thin and flat but profoundly light-absorbent, dark with an unshowy completeness that makes the pâte of oil seem grandiose by comparison. Arranged in largely rectilinear systems across these opaque expanses are white markings geometric enough to remain bars and rectangles, stripes and circles, even while they coalesce into nighttime views of the modern city. For the most part regular, hard-edged, and dense, these whites can also melt into washy, patchy areas and thinly painted stretches where their outlines soften and waver, and the black beneath them shows through to make them gray. This particular group is dominated by black and white, yet their simple but careful variations produce intricate sensations of visual depth.

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