Painting Pushed to Extremes

Jim Isermann, untitled
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July 15 - November 12, 2000

This exhibition will explore works by Polly Apfelbaum, Matt Harle, Jim Isermann, and Bill Thompson. Four young artists whose art physically and conceptually challenges conventional definitions of painting. Is it confined to layers of pigment on a flat surface? Must it take the form of a horizontal plane on a vertical wall? Their works integrate materials such as stretch velvet, plastic, shag carpet, and automobile paint and lay claim to the floor as well as the wall. Embracing such disparate references as domestic handicrafts, industrial design, pop culture, and postwar abstraction, these artists make hybrid works in which categories of craft and design, painting and sculpture consciously spill into each another.

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