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Kelley Walker

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

For his third solo show at Paula Cooper, Kelley Walker presented a number of large-scale “paintings” across which march silk-screened images of scanned bricks and cinder blocks. Quasi-photographic in nature and blushed with unnatural hues, the resulting “stacks” flicker between illusionism and flatness, rendering each composition at once another depiction of a wall (or barricade) and another variation on the theme of minimal, nonreferential grids. On close inspection, however, the “mortar” ostensibly holding steady each of these hybrid feats adds—quite literally—another unexpected layer. Hand-cut, glued-on strips of newspaper and magazine pages snake between the bricks, each canvas’s mock cement drawn from a single recent issue of a news or entertainment print source, including Domus and Slurp magazines and the New York Times. In some cases, whole pages occupy sections of a canvas, assembling

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