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Julia Rommel, Three Little Babes, 2014, oil on linen, 59 3/4 x 68 1/2".

Julia Rommel


Julia Rommel, Three Little Babes, 2014, oil on linen, 59 3/4 x 68 1/2".

The seven new paintings in Julia Rommel’s “The Little Match Stick,” her second solo exhibition at this gallery, presented the viewer with a series of false endings—or, rather, false edges, as the physical boundaries of her subtly layered abstractions seem to shift before one’s eyes. The works’ lively titles—alongside Punkin Chunkin and Eraserhead, both 2014, are two canvases named for former Baltimore Orioles shortstop and third baseman Cal Ripken Jr.—might lead one to expect a practice with more explicit references to the wider world, yet Rommel is concerned primarily with painting’s internal dynamics. In an accompanying statement, the artist writes about the struggle to find ways of making marks that look natural and at home on the canvas, that have their own personality rather than acting as a conduit for hers.

To create Sandpipers, 2013, the first work in the

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