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Brian Wills, Untitled (Five Flavors), 2010, enamel, rayon thread, linear polyurethane on wood, 36 x 48".

Brian Wills

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Brian Wills, Untitled (Five Flavors), 2010, enamel, rayon thread, linear polyurethane on wood, 36 x 48".

For Brian Wills, a Los Angeles artist, modernist abstraction—its East and West Coast modes alike—is still fertile territory. Fourteen of his exactingly crafted geometric paintings, wood panels layered with rows or grids of colored rayon thread and pigmented varnishes and enamels, made up his New York solo debut. Most are modestly sized, but a few extend to eight feet wide; some feature vibrant strands on pastel or neutral fields, though a number of supports are covered in electric hues; several have allover patterns, while the lines in still others cluster irregularly or mass toward the center, as if by centripetal pull. The work is unassuming, even quiet, but its effects are knockout.

Wills encounters, and plays up, the oppositions endemic to his subject. Lines chart recession or depth even as they map the confines of the surface, as in Untitled, 2010, in which the

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