Photograph by Ronald Amstutz


Photograph by Ronald Amstutz

Are we looking at five paintings? A sculpture? An installation? Laura Owens’s Untitled (2015), on view on our eight floor until February 26, exemplifies the artist’s persistent exploration of the interplay between painting, architecture, and perception. The work, which consists of five freestanding canvases bolted to the gallery floor, is meant to be viewed in the round and from both sides. Each canvas is covered in fragments of images and text. When viewed from a particular vantage point on the west side of the gallery, a playful tale by Owens’s son is revealed. When viewed from the east end of the gallery, you see the raw linen as well as her son’s drawings of fruit flavors from scented markers.

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Are we looking at five paintings? A sculpture? An installation?…Are we looking at five paintings? A sculpture? An installation?…Are we looking at five paintings? A sculpture? An installation?…Are we looking at five paintings? A sculpture? An installation?…Are we looking at five paintings? A sculpture? An installation?…


Photograph by Ronald Amstutz


Photograph by Ronald Amstutz

Are we looking at five paintings? A sculpture? An installation? Laura Owens’s Untitled (2015), on view on our eight floor until February 26, exemplifies the artist’s persistent exploration of the interplay between painting, architecture, and perception. The work, which consists of five freestanding canvases bolted to the gallery floor, is meant to be viewed in the round and from both sides. Each canvas is covered in fragments of images and text. When viewed from a particular vantage point on the west side of the gallery, a playful tale by Owens’s son is revealed. When viewed from the east end of the gallery, you see the raw linen as well as her son’s drawings of fruit flavors from scented markers.


Photograph by Ronald Amstutz


Photograph by Ronald Amstutz

Are we looking at five paintings? A sculpture? An installation? Laura Owens’s Untitled (2015), on view on our eight floor until February 26, exemplifies the artist’s persistent exploration of the interplay between painting, architecture, and perception. The work, which consists of five freestanding canvases bolted to the gallery floor, is meant to be viewed in the round and from both sides. Each canvas is covered in fragments of images and text. When viewed from a particular vantage point on the west side of the gallery, a playful tale by Owens’s son is revealed. When viewed from the east end of the gallery, you see the raw linen as well as her son’s drawings of fruit flavors from scented markers.

Are we looking at five paintings? A sculpture? An installation?…

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