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Kristin Holder on Sylvia Plimack Mangold


This drawing does not lie in the province of artifice: there is no trickery, no trompe l’oeil, and no affectation of a dialogue between reality and a work of art. Untitled is the reality of Plimack Mangold’s process. It shows her synonymous employment of paint and tape as the materials, method and subject. However, her depiction of painted “tape” and painted “paint” stops far short of the real thing—an intentional disparity that stops us from naming the image and instead creates a stage on which the image becomes a series of movements, choreography.

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