View of “N. Dash,” 2014–15. From left: Untitled, 2014; Untitled, 2014.

N. Dash

Hammer Museum

View of “N. Dash,” 2014–15. From left: Untitled, 2014; Untitled, 2014.

N. Dash’s first solo museum exhibition was staged in the Hammer’s distinctive Vault Gallery; with its diminutive, bullet-shaped floor plan and arched ceiling, the chamber is one of the museum’s more unusual spaces, and the room’s obdurate layout underscored the role of architecture within Dash’s incisive painting practice. Here the artist mounted five untitled paintings, all 2014. A series of unframed photographs depicting frayed, curling fabric were interspersed between the seductive planar compositions, and similar images were embedded, marquee-like, within the backlit panels dotting the colonnade of the Hammer’s interior courtyard.

A visible seam wraps around the walls of the Vault Gallery where they meet the room’s arched ceiling. In one work, Dash anchored along this line the horizontal joint where two indigo-painted panels abut; the installation strategy emphasized the division

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