Los Angeles

Nicola Tyson

Marc Foxx Gallery

A Walk in the Woods, 2006–2007, depicts a pair of colorful androgynous figures walking side by side through a grove of leafless trees. The minimal treatment of the background is reminiscent of Edvard Munch’s, but Tyson’s use of color is rather different from the Norwegian artist’s; the translucency of her oils often allows for underpainting to show through—here a layer of black beneath the sky’s bright blue. The figures in other works are less readily identifiable as male or female, or even as entirely human. In Dog, 2006–2007, for example, Tyson imagines a bald baby head attached to a brown canine body, resulting in an unsettling hybrid. Bouquet, 2007, on the other hand, approaches total abstraction: A form that looks rather like a fatty leg of lamb is adorned with several budlike shapes as it emerges from a bright orange ground underpinned by royal purple.

Tyson’s graphite-on-paper drawings,

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