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Natalia Załuska, Untitled, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 11 3/4 × 9 1/2".

Natalia Załuska

Christine König Galerie

Natalia Załuska, Untitled, 2015, mixed media on canvas, 11 3/4 × 9 1/2".

Some populist North American critics have used the moniker “zombie formalism” to describe recent abstract painting. This begs the question: Does that venerable modernist mode still have critical potential in a moment of extreme financialization of art production? Natalia Załuska’s response is an attempt to reclaim abstraction’s historical mandate as a material intervention into collectively organized perceptual processes and techniques. The works in her recent exhibition, all Untitled, 2015, are constructed from pieces of cardboard of various thickness and dimensions affixed to canvases or stacked on wooden frames. Using diverse procedures—painting, cutting, drawing, peeling, slicing, spraying, wedging, overlaying—Załuska manipulates the cardboard into collaged compositions in which the traditionally flat surface of painting is transformed into a lexicon of edges. The

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