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Gothic flower paintings at Londonís Vilma Gold.American artist Alisa Margolisí paintings are the perfect balance between the sincerity of traditional abstraction and a glimpse of something new. In her UK debut at Vilma Gold, London, the gallery is filled with a mixture of two large canvases and three small, each of which have a strong identity.
Each painting is set against a black backdrop and most have a recurring feather-and-rose motif, informed by a year studying 17th-century Dutch flower painting at the Rijks Academy in Amsterdam. These figurative, feminine references soften the harsh gothic colours, cosmic overtones and manufactured elements of the work
Layers of resin and poured paint recall the glossy finish and labour intensity in the work of Fred Tomaselli, while the expressive gestures, phallic shapes and fleshy tones echo the paintings of Cecily Brown. Margolis is neither solely expressive nor process-based, and itís what happens in the space between the two styles that makes her work spark.
Gemma De Cruz
Alisa Margolis is at Vilma Gold, London, until 12 February 06.
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comment by Brainlove Sep 9, 2007I'm still thinking about it now.
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