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David Malek, Scanner, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 27 1/2 × 19 1/2".

David Malek

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David Malek, Scanner, 2014, acrylic on canvas, 27 1/2 × 19 1/2".

Masquerading as pure abstractions, David Malek’s latest ensemble of bright and glossy acrylic paintings feature either single large shapes or allover geometric patterns. Painted in electric shades of pink, blue, green, and yellow, along with gray, black, and silver, the eight canvases that were on view simultaneously channel the detached cool of 1980s neo-geo paintings and the meditative quality of ancient Indian tantric designs. These apparent Minimalist and mystical connotations are complicated, however, by the fact that Malek’s titles connect each painting to a tangible, real-world subject. Using descriptive (albeit somewhat cryptically so) terms such as Scanner and The Swimmer (all works cited, 2014), Malek coaxes the viewer to associate circles, ovals, and crisscross patterns with people, places, and things. Resembling pared-down or zoomed-in versions of Peter Halley’s

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