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Kamilla Bischof, Showgirls, 2016, acrylic and oil on canvas, 59 × 70 7/8".

Kamilla Bischof

SANDY BROWN

Kamilla Bischof, Showgirls, 2016, acrylic and oil on canvas, 59 × 70 7/8".

The six paintings in Kamilla Bischof’s exhibition “Cosmetic Songs” were accompanied by a story. And the works themselves tell multilayered stories, too. Carried by a mercurial and ebullient figuration, they are peopled by various gods, humans, and animals, as well as by siren-like hybrids and fantastical creatures. It is fitting that the short press release, penned by the artist, reads like an excerpt from a novel: Oneiric and picturesque, it’s nothing like the boilerplate you usually get. You could almost think of it as another painting that just happens to have taken the form of writing. A first-person narrator experiences strange metamorphoses while going for a walk and taking a taxi, encountering a bearded lobster and other bizarre creatures. The language again and again evokes the act of painting. We read, for example, that “a wave of burnt sienna flooded the landscape and

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