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Amélie Bertrand, Untitled, 2012, oil on canvas, 27 1/2 x 23 5/8".

Amélie Bertrand

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Amélie Bertrand, Untitled, 2012, oil on canvas, 27 1/2 x 23 5/8".

Featuring a limited palette of matte oil paints, whose saturated hues channel something of the bright, flat light of David Hockney’s Los Angeles poolscapes, Amélie Bertrand’s surrealist environments are as enticing as they are disconcerting. An odd assortment of cartoonish motifs including blank tombstones, redbrick walls, velvety sandpits, white lattice fencing, Astro turf mounds, and crenellated ramparts characterize an unpopulated terrain that is distinctly artificial, yet appealingly familiar. But alluring though they may be, these pictures are not portals. Bertrand keeps the viewer at bay—denying easy access by relentlessly referring back to the surface of her paintings.

Eight smaller works, about 27 1/2 x 23 1/2", make up the bulk of the show. These focus in on snug corners and otherwise tightly cropped enigmatic vignettes. Bertrand augments the general feeling of

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