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Stephen Lapthisophon, Who Will Survive in America (GSH), 2014, latex, india ink, pencil, spray paint, coffee, beard clippings, pigmented bacon fat on canvas, 60 × 42".

Stephen Lapthisophon

David Shelton Gallery

Stephen Lapthisophon, Who Will Survive in America (GSH), 2014, latex, india ink, pencil, spray paint, coffee, beard clippings, pigmented bacon fat on canvas, 60 × 42".

“Coffee, seasonal fruit, spaghetti and rope”—this seemingly random list of items, which constituted the title of Dallas-based artist Stephen Lapthisophon’s first solo exhibition in Houston, flagged just some of the matter suggested by the heavily worked surfaces of the twelve recent abstract compositions on paper and canvas included in the show. There was evidence of disparate conventional media, including pencil, ink, charcoal, chalk, oil pastel, oil stick, and spray paint. But more enthralling (and at times grotesquely fascinating) were the traces—along with the scents and tastes, real and imagined—of the organic stuff of everyday life: olive oil, dried leaves, dirt and soot, herbs and spices (turmeric, cinnamon, paprika, dill), bacon fat (mixed with pigments), and beard clippings. Fragments of language appeared as inscrutable scrawls sometimes written backward,

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