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Jerry McLaughlin


OPENING RECEPTION: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14, 5:00 - 7:00

My paintings start with a lot of colors and a lot of marks. Frequently there are words, numbers, and symbols—recognizable things. But gradually, layer-by-layer, I obscure them. As I build up the painting, I am quieting it down. In the end, though the paintings have complex textures, they are essentially minimalist surfaces in neutral tones.

I choose my materials for the tactile experience I get working with them and for the textures they allow me to create: oil paint, pigments, and solvent—sand, ash, and dirt. A soft beeswax paste holds it all together. I use texture and surface as field.

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Earlier Event: September 23
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