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Alain Biltereyst, Untitled, 2014, acrylic on plywood, 10 1/4 × 7 1/2".

Alain Biltereyst

Jack Hanley Gallery

Alain Biltereyst, Untitled, 2014, acrylic on plywood, 10 1/4 × 7 1/2".

Alain Biltereyst’s solo show this past spring was called “Geo Land,” as if inviting us into a realm of pure shape and color, a utopia of abstraction along the lines of what the Bauhauslers might have imagined. The exhibition, the Brussels-based artist’s first in New York, comprised twenty-seven small vertical paintings on wood, each more or less the size of a hardcover book, hung in single file along the gallery walls. Across the works, the basic building blocks of line and shape, in bright colors and snappy blacks, are deployed in a variety of ways: We find a stack of thick diagonal black stripes with a single horizontal stripe at the bottom; the delicate intersection of a blue parallelogram and a rectangle forming triangles and additional rectangles in the negative space; light-blue lines of varying thickness arranged to form a rectangle. Biltereyst has said that he wants the

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