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Justin Adian, Slow Goodbye, 2015, oil enamel on canvas on ester foam, 24 1/2 × 25 1/2 × 4 1/2".

Justin Adian

Skarstedt Gallery | West 21st street

Justin Adian, Slow Goodbye, 2015, oil enamel on canvas on ester foam, 24 1/2 × 25 1/2 × 4 1/2".

Justin Adian’s show “Fort Worth” presented sixteen works that were made using a technique he has employed since 2007, and that has come to be his signature and calling card: The artist places hunks of foam on shaped wooden stretchers, stretches canvas over the foam, and applies oil enamel paint to the canvas surface. The results—puffy, shiny, asymmetrical—have a crisp, graphic appeal. They stand out from the wall with pleasing aplomb, like pop-surrealist upholstery, or comics come to life.

They are also possessed of a zany, cartoonlike expressivity; Adian can coax quite a bit of energy from relatively simple means. His cushions are best at capturing a sense of weight and mass: All but one work here consisted of at least two separately wrapped foam pieces pressed against one another, and there is something expressly relatable, even satisfying, about the way the pieces

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