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Erin Cone’s lat­est paint­ings will be shown in the ex­hi­bi­tion Bound­less at Nüart Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mex­ico, Oc­to­ber 12 through 28.

Cone con­tin­ues to strip the nar­ra­tive from her paint­ings of fe­male fig­ures in high fash­ion dresses, iso­lat­ing them in neg­a­tive space—ex­er­cises in form, color and line.

She says, “I cre­ate a de­lib­er­ate push-and-pull be­tween near-pho­to­re­al­is­tic de­tail and my own vo­cab­u­lary of vis­ual glitches that chal­lenge that very re­al­ism. This du­al­ity is cen­tral to my work and al­lows the fig­ures I paint to re­main wholly representational while func­tion­ing ab­stractly—evok­ing emo­tion with­out defin­ing it.”

Plato di­vided the world into the ma­te­rial world of ap­pear­ances and the per­fect world of pure form. He taught that ev­ery­thing in the ma­te­rial world is only a copy of the per­fect form in the per­fect realm—that we had to have had knowl­edge of per­fec­tion be­fore our birth and re­call the ex­pe­ri­ence in this world.

Cone re­fines her ideas to their es­sen­tials, main­tain­ing the fe­male form in shape-defin­ing cou­ture, of the day, yet time­less.

In her paint­ing, Re­prieve, the dress hugs the fig­ure and be­comes an ab­stract form as it pro­gresses from shoul­ders to floor. The model’s el­e­gant ges­tures oc­cur within the form of the dress and the shape of her fig­ure,

self-con­tained, rather than ex­pres­sive.

Cone’s “glitches” have de­rived from dig­i­tal pix­i­la­tion in the past. They are com­bined with the ma­te­rial of their cre­ation in Ef­fu­sion 2 as the paint flows away from the artist’s con­trol at the model’s lips and the back and bot­tom of her dress. The form dis­in­te­grates, de­stroy­ing the il­lu­sion of per­fec­tion, be­com­ing, lit­er­ally, ma­te­rial.

In both paint­ings, the mod­els main­tain a com­posed in­ner world as the im­posed roles of the outer world ei­ther con­fine them or dis­in­te­grate around them.

2Ef­fu­sion 2, acrylic on can­vas, 48 x 72"2

1In­ward, acrylic on can­vas, 36 x 36"




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