Friday, May 18, 2012

black + white + black + white

Denise Kupferschmidt, Motifs
Halsey McKay

Denise Kupferschmidt's exhibition in the upstairs gallery at Halsey Mckay combines the clarity of minimalism with a sort of mythical -- even utopian -- vision. Her cast concrete sculptures employ a version of neo-De-Stijl, sharing in the structural simplicity of works by antecedents such as Georges Vantongerloo and Jean ArpHer drawings and paintings invite associations to early Warhol, Egyptian heiroglyphs, texting abbreviations, and other symbols, along with the crisp hybrid language that has become Kupferschmidt's oeuvre.

Her 3-D works, endowed with a dose of contemporary tongue-in-cheekiness, are clean and totemic, and they possess the kinds of surface intrigue and associative meanings that keep you looking and thinking and coming back to look again.

Denise Kupferschmidt, Motifs, is on view through May 29.

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