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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Currently Hanging

posted by on July 9 at 10:00 AM

Rachel Maxi’s White Pick Up (2008), oil on board, 18 by 24 inches

At Some Space Gallery. (Gallery site here.)

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Sooo...what's up with the window?

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 9, 2008 10:02 AM

She painted out her ex-boyfriend.

Posted by Fnarf | July 9, 2008 10:28 AM

Why make a painting of a photograph? If the thing exists in a photograph, why recontextualize it in oil? What does it do to the thing?

Posted by laff | July 9, 2008 10:32 AM

ack! these are great. i'm a big rachel maxi fan. her dumpsters are great!

Posted by joey | July 9, 2008 11:06 AM

What does recontextualizing a photo in oil do to the thing? It steals its immortal soul, of course. What does a photo of an oil of a photo do to the thing?

Truthfully, lots of things happen in oil that can't be captured in a photo.

Posted by umvue | July 9, 2008 11:09 AM

Neither photos nor oils are "real" -- they're just emulsions (or pixels), swirled around into patterns that our eye tricks us into seeing pictures in. It's a neat trick.

Posted by Fnarf | July 9, 2008 11:29 AM

Walking to dinner one recent evening, I saw one of her dumpster paintings in a gallery window and my friends finally ditched me and went on to get the table because I was stuck staring in happy wonder.

I need a dumpster painting. Paypal donations accepted.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | July 9, 2008 11:35 AM

There's a good article on about the resurgence of photo realism, with a slideshow.

Posted by Strath | July 9, 2008 11:51 AM

Rachel is the Carrol O'Conner of painting...those were the days!

Posted by harold hollingsworth | July 13, 2008 5:19 AM

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