Michelle Grabner’s multiple rolesas artist, professor, curator, and criticenable her to approach her artistic practice in a variety of ways. This highly concentrated exhibition included thirteen paintings and two sculptures, all dated 2017 and untitled. Presented as a hanging installation along one wall were eight small-format pictures whose gridded patterns called to mind tea towels or place mats, and were redolent of everyday routines linked to meals and cleaning. Domesticity constituted the frame of reference for these works, as it has for many of Grabner’s earlier pieces. She paints her colorful gingham designs on burlap, a fibrous, hard-wearing, and somewhat recalcitrant material that has associations with everyday use in such things as carpets, bags, and (presumably) environmentally friendly packaging. After first mounting the fabric on a panel and priming it
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