First Hand: Stephen Maine

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Stephen Maine, P19-0303 (2019), acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40″; courtesy the artist and ODETTA

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“How did he do that?” shouldn’t be the sole criteria for judging a work of art, but the paintings of Stephen Maine, currently at ODETTA, prompt the question and then stray into thornier territory–about the vagaries of representation; color and its provocations; and, yes, the work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction. In P19-0303 (2019) we watch as all-over incident dissolves into something resembling a composition. The result is quizzical, heady and allusive.

© 2019 Mario Naves

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