Art Galleries

Rebecca Kaufman

When: Wed., Oct. 2, 12-5 p.m. and Fri., Nov. 1, 6 p.m. 2019

The history of modern art — ‘evolution’ is too prescriptive a term — can be seen as mirroring the social changes wrought by new technology (with artists occasionally seeking relevance in tradition). In Memorized Emotions, the Oakland painter Rebecca Kaufman has taken as her subject the abstract patterning of video screens, reflecting (and questioning) the triumph of digital culture: “Images on screens,” she writes, “have become more compelling than objects in the real world.” The layered stripes and plaid patterns generated by video synthesis may suggest the Op Art of the 1960s, but instead of the seemingly mechanical facture of Victor Vasarely or Bridget Riley, Kaufman chooses a looser approach — disruptive, even, and similar to the ink bleeds that Warhol welcomed in his screenprints. Kaufman’s hypnotic Day-Glo geometries in acrylic on canvas may be digitally generated, but viewers respond physically and kinesthetically to her complex human-machine hybrids. Closing reception November 1, 6-9 p.m

DeWitt Cheng

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