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Aaron Angell, Behive Scheif, Wig, Ingot, 2016, painted glass, 27 1/2 × 39 1/2".

Aaron Angell

Markus Lüttgen

Aaron Angell, Behive Scheif, Wig, Ingot, 2016, painted glass, 27 1/2 × 39 1/2".

Aaron Angell makes strange pictures. Strange because of their indeterminate age (they might be a hundred years old) and cultural background (they might be the work of an Asian or Arab artist, or else pieces of European folk art; in fact, the artist was born in Kent, UK, in 1987 and lives in London). Even odder is the technique with which they were executed. Their surfaces look like terrazzo floors in Italian villas, cold and a bit forbidding and yet—perhaps there is no contradiction here—quite elegant. As it happens, they were painted, or, more properly speaking, spray-painted, on the obverse sides of glass panels. Glittering structures float like clouds before backgrounds that are typically a deep black. Some of them depict recognizable objects: a ladder, a candle, a cup, an egg.

This show’s title, “Variations on the Chaldon Doom,” points to Angell’s source of inspiration

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