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Monique Mouton, More Near (VII), 2015, watercolor, charcoal, chalk pastel, and pencil on paper, 69 1/2 × 63 1/4". From the series “More Near,” 2015.

Monique Mouton

Bridget Donahue

Monique Mouton, More Near (VII), 2015, watercolor, charcoal, chalk pastel, and pencil on paper, 69 1/2 × 63 1/4". From the series “More Near,” 2015.

Although she’s exhibited regularly over the past decade on the West Coast (most often in Vancouver, where she studied at the Emily Carr University of Art and Design), Monique Mouton only recently received her first solo show in New York, her home now for several years. The slight awkwardness of the exhibition’s title, “More Near”—you shouldn’t need Strunk and White to tell you that standard usage would be “Nearer”—sat well with the works themselves: eight large, framed paintings on paper and six small, eccentrically shaped panels, three of them installed on the floor. The ostensible linguistic slip up, a kind of speed bump on the road to comprehension (I kept reading it, for some reason, as “More Noir”), works similarly to the way the paintings posed as familiar (“near”) even though you could hardly miss their eccentricity.

Mouton likes to paint with thin, washy layers.

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