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Patricia Treib @ Kate Macgarry

8 November 2019 - 14 December 2019

Patricia Treib works at an immersive scale, one that feels closer to the size of a bed than a door. Nearly all her paintings are executed in the span of a single day. Working quickly but deliberately, Treib lays the canvas on the floor and then uses wide hake brushes to sweep paint over the surface, wiping out a gesture and repeating it until each trace is both immediate and precise. The mobility of these gestures determines the mobility of the forms themselves. A velvety skein of colour can be flipped and pleated like a ribbon; a giant blue blot can be broken by the fluttering motion of a brush weaving through it. Treib thins her paints slightly so that they appear saturated yet translucent, and this gives her forms neither the solidity of still-life nor the atmospherics of landscape. Instead of manipulating these figures or transporting yourself into their ambiance, you are enjoined to follow the movements that produced them — a hand that puckered or smoothed the shape, just as a body might sculpt a bedsheet.


8 November 2019
14 December 2019
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Kate Macgarry