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Michael Hakimi, Zopf (Plait), 2014, spray paint and lacquer on linen, 35 × 26 3/4".

Michael Hakimi

Galerie Karin Guenther

Michael Hakimi, Zopf (Plait), 2014, spray paint and lacquer on linen, 35 × 26 3/4".

Michael Hakimi gave his recent show the title “Lichtfäden, die ins Bild hinüberwachsen” (Light-Threads That Wander Over into the Picture)—a phrase, as he notes in an accompanying essay, borrowed from an early description of the photographic process, whose author is unknown. The indeterminacy seems fortuitous, allowing the phrase to float freely as a perhaps linguistic image, its myriad implications—both poetic and material—resonating with Hakimi’s work.

At first glance, you would have thought the works on display were paintings on smallish to medium-size panels, presented in a traditional and carefully balanced hanging. And though that impression would not have been incorrect, painting is only the point of departure for a visual process that branches out into other interpretive contexts as well. The pictures have a Minimalist look, eschewing all trace of manual

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