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Keltie Ferris

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Keltie Ferris—a 2006 Yale MFA who participated in the height-of-the-market, art-department-raiding exhibition “School Days” at Jack Tilton Gallery in 2006—has a lot of good ideas, even if they’re not all fully developed yet. Her debut show in New York coincided with a solo project at the New Art Dealers Alliance fair in Miami and included five medium- to large-scale abstract paintings that employed various techniques. The era of fancy, computer-generated stencils is waning; Ferris, like many of her peers, does things the old-school way, masking areas with tape and then applying pigment with palette knives and brushes as well as by spraying—but not with an aerosol can; Ferris liquefies and then administers oil paint with a sprayer.

It takes a while to determine what is going on in these works. Close examination reveals not only the techniques but also, in canvases including Sincerely Yours

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