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Juan Uslé, In Kayak (Lento), 2013, vinyl, acrylic, and pigment on canvas, 18 x 12". From the series “In Kayak,” 2012–.

Juan Uslé

L.A. Louver

Juan Uslé, In Kayak (Lento), 2013, vinyl, acrylic, and pigment on canvas, 18 x 12". From the series “In Kayak,” 2012–.

Juan Uslé’s recent outing at L.A. Louver—his first at the gallery since 2008—set his small-scale abstractions under the dreamy and evocative title “Entre Dos Lunas” (Between Two Moons). It was named for a dark blue painting (not included here) that the artist made shortly after moving from Spain to New York in 1987, when he would walk the Williamsburg Bridge at night, sky-gazing, habituating himself to the city. In a text printed for the occasion, Uslé describes his feeling of displacement when watching the lunar reflection on the East River: “I felt good there, between the two moons, and the bridge was perhaps a metaphor, a ‘non-place,’ a waystation that explained quite well how I was feeling.” This framework for Uslé’s show called attention not only to the peregrinations of his life but to his paintings’ formal language of visibility and occlusion, enacted through

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