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Julie Shipp's Abstract Paintings Point To The Sky

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Asperatus 8, 1, and 3


Generally, Shipp’s larger paintings are more effective than her smaller canvases at providing an immersive panorama. Gray, whitish smoke swirls and coils through 4, although the lack of any points of reference make it the most difficult to tell what’s up or down. This painting probably comes closest to Turner’s later work, when he scraped, brushed, and smeared paint to create sweeping movements and to imply, rather than describe, both setting and details.

Of course, Turner was ridiculed for his later almost purely abstract paintings, while Shipp seems more in search of an approach that returns the abstract to an anchor in reality without sacrificing any hard-won art-for-art’s-sake formal values. While pattern recognition is innate to all animals, the human tendency to see patterns that do not actually exist is called “apophenia,” including seeing castles in the clouds and a portrait of Jesus on a burnt tortilla. And it may be in this gap between the real and the perceived that abstract art is most effective.

Julie Shipp: Asperatus

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REM Gallery
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