Elise Adibi, Abiogenesis, 2009, oil on canvas, 72 x 72".

Elise Adibi


Elise Adibi, Abiogenesis, 2009, oil on canvas, 72 x 72".

For the first solo presentation of her paintings in New York, Elise Adibi steered clear of the kind of baroque installation gimmicks and exogenous conceptual frames—in ready supply elsewhere lately—through which her medium becomes an empty sign conveying postcriticality. Instead, in a tightly focused hang, she presented nine abstractions nakedly shorn of appropriative conceit, and let them stand for themselves. All are square; most sit resolutely between small and medium size at twenty by twenty inches; many reveal an unprim-ed canvas to which Adibi has applied a putty-colored oil that redoubles the canvas’s hue, a pigment of radiant white-mixed pistachio, or an admixture of graphite and primer. Spaced at precise intervals around an unadorned room, with just enough distance between the panels to guarantee their autonomy but still make clear their dependence on one another,

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