New York

Xylor Jane

CANADA

Xylor Jane’s third solo exhibition at Canada, titled “NDE,” as in “near-death experience,” did not on first impression look to be about death. Products of a conceptual, task-based approach that Jane began developing in the mid-1990s, these new works, more explicitly than their predecessors, depict patterns through dabs of brightly colored oil paint. Some of these patterns have their origins in printouts of numbers from the Internet. Others are based in a system Jane has generated that links the seven colors of the rainbow to the seven days of the week. If their palettes were more consistently muted, their grids more judicious, her new works might bring to mind Agnes Martin’s meditative paintings. Instead, the dots form bright and busy rhythmic patterns—as they do in Bombinating, 2009, where they build into equilateral triangles fitted together hexagonally—or they outline numbers.

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