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Beverly Fishman, Untitled (Depression, High Blood Pressure, Bipolar Disorder, Opioid Addiction), 2018, urethane paint on wood, 91 x 106 x 2".

Beverly Fishman

Kavi Gupta Gallery | Elizabeth St

Beverly Fishman, Untitled (Depression, High Blood Pressure, Bipolar Disorder, Opioid Addiction), 2018, urethane paint on wood, 91 x 106 x 2".

“CHEMICAL SUBLIME" opened with a brutally colored, hard-edge abstraction, Untitled (Sleepiness, Antipsychotic, Pain), 2017. The work was one of nine shallow relief paintings on wood that punctuated the walls of the sizable main gallery and a smaller annex space. Extreme and confrontational in their color combinations, the compositions are derived from simple three-dimensional geometric forms, many with rounded edges, which are compressed to depths of two inches. The faces of the paintings are exquisitely constructed from machine-cut raised panels and negative cutaways, their side profiles exposing carefully painted versos with sharp contours that angled toward the plane of wall. This allowed for the brightly colored edges to appear to bleed onto the supporting walls, creating a fluorescent halo effect.

Those dizzying fluorescents add complexity to the works’ concrete physical forms.

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