This is the last day to check out "Halftone Paintings," Stephen Maine's solo at 490 Atlantic Gallery in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Although dubbed "halftone," Maine's new mid-scale paintings are not enlarged photographs, but rather the products of a printmaking process in which he inks up objects like carpeting and then rubs them onto canvas or panels. The highlight of the show includes Book #14-0103 (2014), a massive 120-page handmade artist's book comprising material experiments on paper that inform Maine's painting process.
[Image at top: Stephen Maine, inside spread, Book #14-0103 (2014)]
Stephen Maine, inside spread, Book #14-0103 (2014)
Thumbing through the thick, dog-eared (and sometimes torn) pages, one is reminded how important accident, chance, and unintended relationships are to making good paintings. Maine's gatefolds, overlays, sewing, and other idiosyncratic design decisions yield sculptural objects (masquerading as books) that are both visually appealing and intellectually intriguing.
"Stephen Maine: Halftone Paintings," 490 Atlantic Gallery, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY. Through May 10, 2014.
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