Jay DeFeo: Alter Ego

Jay DeFeo, Hawk Moon No. 1, 1983-85, oil on canvas, 84 x 60 inches (© 2015 The J
Jay DeFeo, Hawk Moon No. 1, 1983-85, oil on canvas, 84 x 60 inches (© 2015 The Jay DeFeo Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

Lani Asher reviews Jay DeFeo: Alter Ego at Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco, on view through October 10, 2015.

Asher writes: "DeFeo’s metaphysical but concrete art functions in much the same way: the act of mirroring, or flipping images over and around, of changing black to white, of cutting through the surface of something, of changing liquid to solid, of waking and sleeping, of returning a different person to the place where you began your journey: such transformations are the very sensibilities of DeFeo’s art, not one of mere sentences but one of propositions, abstract, as direct as they are elusive, subtle, alive to indispensable distinctions."

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