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Ryan McLaughlin, Wetter (Weather), 2013, oil on linen on MDF, 35 1/2 x 25 3/4".

Ryan McLaughlin

Laurel Gitlen

Ryan McLaughlin, Wetter (Weather), 2013, oil on linen on MDF, 35 1/2 x 25 3/4".

“Raisins,” the title of young Berlin-based American painter Ryan McLaughlin’s first US solo exhibition, hints at something dense, dark, and sugary. Yet the show’s eight works are much lighter and looser than the moniker suggests. Having become known over the past few years for a stylized, slightly cartoonish take on the classical still life, McLaughlin here worked with fragments of signs, logos, and other graphics and texts to produce a series of semifigurative compositions in dusty colors that float just free of definitive association. Realized in oil on MDF or in oil on linen or canvas stretched over framed MDF panels, they have a considered but never worried-over air, as if designed with much deliberation but executed with fluent speed.

Space (all works 2013) was perhaps the picture here that most neatly bridged the gap between McLaughlin’s previous work and his current practice.

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