Wendy White at Andrew Rafacz

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By far the best show I saw in Chicago in 2013. Wendy White’s work in Pick Up a Knock attempts to ravel the process of painting with the intensity of a professional soccer match. Each canvas is filled with an airy picture plane that juxtaposes graphical text with atmospheric airbrush marks and washed out images of injured soccer players . This show was tight.  Everything from the installation, the arrangement of borders on each canvas, the conceptual connection to ‘flopping’, and the white astro turf, it all jived well together. It’s a shame Wendy didn’t have a room larger than Rafacz’s narrow gallery space because I wanted more.

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