Painting as Total Environment

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Jason Stopa writes about “Laura Owens, Keltie Ferris, Rachel Rossin, and Trudy Benson — artists who have explored multi-media paintings that rival sculpture.”

“These works,” Stopa argues, “feel constructed as opposed to made, and engage with several forms of tactility, illusion, and physical depth. In a time in which younger artists continue to churn out sanctioned modernist tropes to continuously diminishing returns, the natural question to ask is: why would some contemporary painters resort to a multi-faceted approach that can feel, in many respects, entirely preconceived? This very approach might have something to do with the influence of performance invading the space of painting, in which mark-making is liberated from the traditional formal unity that previous paintings occupy.”

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