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Zak Prekop, Two Colors, 2012, oil and paper on canvas, 72 x 48".

Zak Prekop

Harris Lieberman

Zak Prekop, Two Colors, 2012, oil and paper on canvas, 72 x 48".

The works in Zak Prekop’s second show at Harris Lieberman—sixteen canvases limited to a range of white, black, cobalt, tan, and yellow—may at first register as positively anodyne, yet they instantiate surprisingly nuanced optical and material effects. Operating within parameters he sets for himself (and through which, by extension, he seems to allegorize the notion of possibility as manifested therein), Prekop works with limited implements and strategies. Many of the paintings employ collage: namely, brown paper bags, dismembered and splayed across a support, or heavy paper, affixed to the reverse side of a canvas so that it shows up on the face as subtle relief. Prekop also relishes the palette knife, using it to produce seemingly factureless expanses of unmodulated color, which sometimes become the ground for patterns applied with a stencil. Exemplary in this regard

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