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CHUCK WEBSTER : PAINTINGS

ZieherSmith Gallery, 516 W20th St, NYC

“At first glance, the quirky, cartoonlike quality of Webster’s semiabstractions may seem more trendy than profound. With a little scrutiny, however, this impression is mitigated by the ambiguity of the subject matter—which, like all good abstraction, seems to be filled with meaning while actually signifying no specific thing. Points of reference are also ambiguous: often biomorphic, other times jagged, these emblematic symbols could just as easily be co-opted from early tribal paintings as could represent signals channeled from a simpler, postapocalyptic future… the paintings seem to quiver with an inner agitation. The more one looks at them, the more discomfited they appear; perhaps, through his use of repetition, Webster sets up an expectation of regularity that’s continually thwarted by slight deviations.” - Carol Diehl, Art in America

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