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Lucas Ajemian, Laundered Painting (20x16) I, 2014, painting on linen, 20 × 16". From the series “Laundered Paintings,” 2010–.

Lucas Ajemian

Marlborough | Broome Street

Lucas Ajemian, Laundered Painting (20x16) I, 2014, painting on linen, 20 × 16". From the series “Laundered Paintings,” 2010–.

Historically, aleatory procedures have yielded artworks that flaunt the removal of subjectivity, or at least posit as significant the marginalization of intention. Lucas Ajemian’s “Laundered Paintings,” 2010–, shown in bulk for the first time at Marlborough Broome Street, by contrast—and rather paradoxically, given the importance he grants to process—resupply the authorial presence that is undermined when composition cedes to chance. Further, the works insist on the social ground on which the making transpires.

To create the series, Ajemian first obtained paintings made by his artist friends, and then—as the title announces—he treated, soaked, and bathed these canvases at his neighborhood Laundromat. His efforts yielded a wide variety of effects. In some works, such as the turquoise-and-orange Laundered Painting (20x16) II (all works cited, 2014) and the lush

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