Hamburg

Linda McCue, Untitled, 2018, oil and transparent gesso on canvas, 17 3⁄8 × 23 5⁄8".

Linda McCue

Galerie Vera Munro

Linda McCue, a Canadian painter who lives in Hamburg, called her recent show “Surfacing” after the novel of the same title, in which Margaret Atwood, a fellow Canadian, probes questions of personal and national identity, gender, and memory—themes that recognizably play a part in McCue’s work. Objects from the artist’s childhood, whose images are stamped on her mind, surface in many of her works. Rather than figuring in narratives, however, these objects operate as a concentrate of sorts, embodying recollections and undergoing iterative variation with a focus on their formal aspects. Porcelain painting is one such recurrent theme, as are a wool blanket and wood slats from weather-beaten barns (see the magnificent Untitled, 2018–19). What sets these things apart is their tactile quality. If painting’s domain is the surface, the show’s title presumably also referred to the characteristic way

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