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Brad Spence, Courtroom, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 49 1/2 x 67".

Brad Spence

Shoshana Wayne Gallery

Brad Spence, Courtroom, 2010, acrylic on canvas, 49 1/2 x 67".

The title of Brad Spence’s fourth solo show at Shoshana Wayne Gallery, “(figs.),” simultaneously bespeaks the open-endedness and closure of the fourteen immaculately airbrushed Photorealist paintings that were on view. When abbreviated and bracketed, the word typically indicates a particular kind of “figure,” a reference image or diagram tied to a text. Previously, Spence has organized bodies of work around themes straightforwardly declared in his exhibition titles—“The Afterlife,” “Art Therapy,” “As I Was Conceived”—so that even if individual pieces occasionally strayed into ambiguous territory, these overarching rubrics at least provided us with a serviceable road map. The absence of any such hermeneutic frame here may encourage a greater range of interpretation, but the particular grouping of images that comprised “(figs.)” was no less interconnected or in any way

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