There’s something not quite right about the paintings in Lauren Silva’s second show at Zieher Smith & Horton. At first glance, they appear not so much off, as overly on. The best ones register immediately as implausibly charming, working a confectioner’s palette to recall such feel-good pop-cultural genres as vintage and contemporary comics and children’s-book illustration. Yet there’s something else. The paintings’ surfaces shimmer slightly, and as you draw near you’ll see that the softly hued, blurry grounds extend around the sides of the stretcher frames. You might then notice that the cartoon-style black lines subdividing color and space have dissolved glitchily into partial irresolution. All faith in gesturalism is lost as the grounds reveal themselves to be not painted, but ink-jet printed onto a finely woven fabric that the checklist tells us is silk charmeuse.
At this point,
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