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Simon Evans, Notes, 2014, mixed media on paper, 88 1/4 x 64".

Josephine Halvorson

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Simon Evans, Notes, 2014, mixed media on paper, 88 1/4 x 64".

In this show—her second solo exhibition at the gallery—Josephine Halvorson presented ten formidable paintings portraying artful decay. All created freehand and most in plein air, the canvases depict flattish or relief-like surfaces found in the vicinity of her studio and home in rural western Massachusetts: a boarded-up window frame, a panel used as a mold to pour a cement foundation, a shallow fireplace, a woodshed door. As in Halvorson’s earlier work, the application of paint reveals keen powers of observation married to an impressive facility with her medium. A person could spend quite some time marveling at how simply and forcefully the horizontal white bands of Woodshed Vine, 2013, convey the texture of chipping house paint, or at the economy with which brushstrokes of ochre in the seven-panel work Foundation, 2013, conjure a deep, tactile sensation of caked, dried

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