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Jeanette Mundt, Living Room (1–4) (detail), 2012, four oil on linen paintings; pictured: 9 x 12“ and 16 x 20”.

Jeanette Mundt

Michael Benevento

Jeanette Mundt, Living Room (1–4) (detail), 2012, four oil on linen paintings; pictured: 9 x 12“ and 16 x 20”.

A large mirror faced the tinted-glass door at the entrance to Michael Benevento: the first doubling of vision in New York–based artist Jeanette Mundt’s debut Los Angeles solo show. On the mirror hung a small black-and-white painting of a living room. Toward the back of the gallery, a larger mirror leaned against the wall across from a modest side room containing a suite of grisaille canvases, Living Room (1–4) (all works 2012). The four paintings are sequential renderings of the same black-and-white photo (not on display); each painting is a copy (of a copy) of the last, showing a room crammed with retro designer furniture, plants, and a rug, all executed with minor, perhaps accidental, variation. As one turned to leave, the mirror doubled the paintings and the viewer.

In another grouping of canvases, Living Room (1–7) and Living Room, depicting yet another salon, the works are

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