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 Past Exhibition

Video Villa: New Paintings by Barbara Grad

February 4–May 28, 2011

Kemper at the Crossroads

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The paintings in Video Villa: New Paintings by Barbara Grad take as their inspiration the dynamic intersection of worlds seemingly at odds; maps (found several years ago in a cache stored by her son) offering secret entrée into gaming worlds, and the aerial topography of the boundaries between the built and the natural world. The painter, Barbara Grad, shows her stunning command of painterly abstraction, both geometric and organic, while never losing a love of the real; she is our guide. She moves us from a belief that we are in a recognizable place into an even more convincing reality of a painterly space. She never mimics nature but stays rooted in a painted, convoluted space.

Above: Barbara Grad, Video Villa, 2010; oil on linen, 57 x 90 inches; courtesy of the artist