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Richard Aldrich

Marc Foxx Gallery

The impact of “Slide Paintings,” Richard Aldrich’s second solo show at Marc Foxx, was slow and cumulative. The works—covering a scattershot range of abstraction—can be coyly obtuse, nonchalantly restrained, and cagey, but they gradually open up onto one another, subtly echoing a nearby shape here or a neighbor’s title there. Minute touches, quivering in isolation against the white of canvas and wall, conveyed prolonged deliberation, patience, and ruminative looking in the studio. The joys of viewing were understated and insular: They rested in the minor discoveries of mousy subtleties and nearly hidden lines of interconnectivity. Though obscured, there is carryover among individual paintings, a leapfrogging of formal correspondences and self-reference that the show’s title framed in terms of sliding: Not only did aspects of certain compositions slide promiscuously onto multiple surfaces,

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