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Peter Fox


2009-02-01

Peter Fox has earned a reputation as a painter of abstract paintings that perfectly and intelligently occupy a position between conceptualism, minimalism, and action painting. Now, for his current show “Moving Target,” Fox has all but abandoned abstraction and made five representational paintings (and one Jasper Johns target as pointillist spin painting) using his signature dripping dollop technique. I was wary until I saw them, but not only are they badass in their own right, they also illuminate the abstract works retroactively. Each Crest Aquafresh glob is a product of chance and gravity, but is so controlled that each extruded drip could almost be pre-fabricated. The new works bring humanity to the cooled chaos. In Sid (In Ecstasy) the drippy paint switches off from Jackson Pollack bravura to punk rock entropy. It makes for a gorgeous painting and a conceptually spot on portrait. Oddly complimentary is a reinvention of Chuck Close’s Big Self Portrait that uses the photorealistic original as a die for a Play-Doh Fun Factory and changes the original’s stoneriffic stare to an intimidating one. Each of the these works deserve more space than I have here, luckily The Hogar Collection is providing it until March 1st.

—Dylan Peet
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