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Iulia Nistor, Evidence E1 W4 A3, 2015, oil on wood, 15 3/4 × 19 5/8".

Iulia Nistor

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Iulia Nistor, Evidence E1 W4 A3, 2015, oil on wood, 15 3/4 × 19 5/8".

The work of Iulia Nistor focuses on the unseen and the hidden rather than the obvious or the representational. It suggests that omissions in visual availability can evoke a sense of the real. Considering the proliferation of digital imagery in recent years and the daily flood of representations, the medium of painting enables a different take on what matters. The main body of Nistor’s exhibition “canary in a coal mine” was formed by eleven small panels, each titled Evidence and no bigger than about twenty by sixteen inches, creating a modest and intimate space. The most expressive actor in the paintings was probably color, which was festive, bold, and explicit. But in terms of content, of motifs, the works were introverted, alluding to the unseen and undefined.

What we saw were layers, sometimes dense, sometimes very thin and translucent. Parts of the paintings had been scraped or

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