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Ken Okiishi, gesture/data, 2014, oil paint, flat-screen television, VHS transferred to digital video, color, sound, 73 minutes 35 seconds, 36 3/8 x 21 3/8 x 4 3/4".

Ken Okiishi

Reena Spaulings Fine Art | New York

Ken Okiishi, gesture/data, 2014, oil paint, flat-screen television, VHS transferred to digital video, color, sound, 73 minutes 35 seconds, 36 3/8 x 21 3/8 x 4 3/4".

In the eleven paintings that were in this show, all equal in size and in identical thin black frames, densely expressionist or allusively calligraphic brushstrokes bunch or stutter across shimmering color fields. You had to dip your head ninety degrees toward your left shoulder to read the name of the Old Master, stamped in silver and running up each frame’s right-hand edge: SAMSUNG.

For his first solo show at Reena Spaulings, Ken Okiishi executed a series of oil paintings on the surfaces of upturned flat-screen televisions. (A group of related works hung concurrently in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.) The idea is so perfectly simple and so monumentally appealing, there ought to be an app for it. And indeed, there is. There are a number of them—from Meritum Paint Pro and Adobe Ideas to Fifty-Three’s Paper—all of which allow the movement of your fingertip across your mobile

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