Jessica Warboys

Gaudel de Stampa

“Parasol,” Jessica Warboys’s solo debut show, was dominated by two large unstretched canvases at opposite ends of the gallery, both indexical in procedure. Blue Parasol, 2009, is actually a cyanotype photogram: Warboys made it by coating the canvas with a light-sensitive solution, placing a bundle of reeds in a circular formation suggesting the shape of an open parasol at its center, and exposing it to the sun. Sea Painting, Dunwich, 2009, was formed by immersion in the ocean, its pigment spread by the waves. Importantly, the artist has cut significant portions of each canvas away, revealing the doors on each wall in the exhibition.

In the center of the gallery were three small marble sculptures—Island, Green Curtain End Vertical, and White Curtain End Vertical, all 2009—each based on the form of a knob at the end of a curtain rod. Fallen Through, 2009, is a rectangular block of oak in

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