Jacqueline Humphries on Her Recent Work

Jacqueline Humphries, :), 2015, oil on linen, 114 x 127 inches (courtesy of the
Jacqueline Humphries, :), 2015, oil on linen, 114 x 127 inches (courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali)

Andrew Russeth profiles painter Jacqueline Humphries whose work will be on view at the Contemporary Art Center of New Orleans from November 19, 2015 - February 28, 2016.

Russeth writes: "Humphries’s work almost always feels like it could only be made right now, but her newest paintings are blanketed with especially contemporary signs: emoticons. (Another unusual sight in art.) She uses an industrial-grade cutting machine in her studio to punch the little guys into plastic stencils, which she uses to apply symbols onto canvas in dense grids. At a distance, you can’t quite make them out—they look like tiny dots, or maybe some sort of abstract map—but then you get closer and realize what you are looking at: :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) or :-/ :-/ :-/ :-/ :-/ :-/ :-/ :-/ :-/ flying across the picture plane over flat slashes of color."

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