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Mary Lum, Villa La Roche, 2014, mixed media on paper, 9 × 12".

Mary Lum

Yancey Richardson Gallery

Mary Lum, Villa La Roche, 2014, mixed media on paper, 9 × 12".

The sixteen works created by Mary Lum for her latest exhibition are part collage, part (often the larger part) painting. Angular blocks of flatly applied acrylic surround photographs and strips cut from comic books that portray fragments of the urban environment: anonymous intersections and a ribbon of paint-spattered wall, precariously tilted buildings and a concrete staircase turned dizzyingly on its head. The artist’s preferred haunts—New York, Paris, and London (Detroit also makes a brief appearance)—are identified only by the works’ titles, for Lum rigorously avoids recognizable metropolitan landmarks in favor of vigilant attention to unremarkable urban corners.

This focus on the everyday facts of lived experience in the city might suggest an allegiance to the Situationist practice of the dérive, as might the title of one of the collages, Belleville (all works 2014),

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