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12 Sep 2017

Angela A'Court: Thisness

Gallery BOM

Reviewed by Franklin Einspruch

Soft pastel is as close as an artist can get to working with pigment itself, the powder that gives paint its color. It is also regarded unfairly as an amateur's medium, though the impression is correct in that not many people use it with as much urgency and personal vision as Angela A'Court.

Starting with the notion that a still life is a conversation between objects, sometimes standing in for the people connected to them, A'Court renders glassware, flowers, teacups, and the like with a drawing style that flattens them into outlines and scumbled textures. A'Court wields both subdued colors, such as the cool grays and earthy browns of Monday Morning (2017), and ringing ones, such as the lemony tabletop of Blue Jug, with aplomb. The latter is dated 2012-17, indicating the monkish reflection behind these simplified compositions.

Japan, where the artist has lived and whose objects she has studied, has a saying, "Cooked people delight in the ordinary." It is high praise.

Exhibition Angela A'Court: Thisness
Start date 01 Sep 2017
End date 15 Oct 2017
Presenter Gallery BOM link
Venue 460 Harrison Avenue, Suite B7, Boston, MA, USA map
Image Angela A'Court, Monday Morning, 2017, soft pastel on paper, 19.5 x 23.5 inches, courtesy of Gallery BOM

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