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RJ Messineo, 4:00 Universe, 2020, oil and wood on canvas, 8' × 19' 2".

RJ Messineo, 4:00 Universe, 2020, oil and wood on canvas, 8' × 19' 2".

RJ Messineo

Morán Morán

RJ Messineo’s recent works emphasize painting as a process of accumulation. In ten pieces gradually assembled over twelve months, Messineo painted the view from her studio window, recording fluctuating atmospheric and seasonal conditions in abstracted strokes, scribbles, and patches of color. The exhibition’s largest painting lent the show its title, “4:00 Universe.” That hour marks for Messineo a sweet spot in the studio, a moment of clarity before the day’s light dissolves. The title also illuminated a certain logic in the works on view: Each encompassed moments as small as 4:00 (a cloud drifting over the sun) and as big as the universe (the transition from winter to spring or the sun’s dip below the horizon), recorded within the same painterly vocabulary. The works suggested that the minute always contains something of the expansive, and vice versa. The artist’s records of observation

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