Deborah Remington: The Dream Life of Forms

Deborah Remington, Memphis, 1969, oil on linen, 60 x 53 inches (courtesy of the
Deborah Remington, Memphis, 1969, oil on linen, 60 x 53 inches (courtesy of the artist's estate and Wallspace, New York)

John Mendelsohn reviews Deborah Remington 1963-1983 at Wallspace, New York, on view through August 7, 2015.

Mendelsohn writes that Remington's paintings are works in which "purely visual elements feel both tangible and psychologically compelling. She paints hieratic forms that suggest machined devices, architectural diagrams, interiors of the body, shields, and emblems. In their ambiguity, the possibilities inherent in the imagery keep opening up multiple readings of exposed cross-sections, places of refuge, routes of escape, and at times, majestic flowerings... In all of Remington’s work we are confronted by the mystery of a psychic urgency charged with myriad impulses: the mechanistic, the sexual, the claustrophobic, along with the display of beauty and power."