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Marta Marcé

Riflemaker

To inaugurate its new second space in the House of St. Barnabas-in-Soho, an important eighteenth-century building on Soho Square, Riflemaker chose Marta Marcé’s “Diadem Paintings,” which the artist began last year while on a residency at Camden Arts Centre and completed in her studio in Barcelona. The unusual way the paintings were presented, emphasizing their merely temporary occupation of the space, underlined the potential incongruence between contemporary abstract painting and a Grade One–listed regency hall where nothing can be affixed to the wall: Two of the paintings, Flow 1 and Flow 2 (all works 2007), consist of panels laid out on the floor, while the remaining nine paintings were displayed leaning against the walls, either from ledges that are part of the period décor or else lifted off the floor on sawhorselike wooden stands. The mismatch worked perfectly: The resultant mix of

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