Art Projects International

Art in AmericaOctober 1, 2002

“Gwenn Thomas at Art Projects International” by Jonathan Goodman


For the 18 pieces in the show, including three C-prints of drawings, Thomas uses photography to highlight detail and tonal quality. Five panels from the series Abstract 23-27 (1998-99) were placed next to each other for a virtuoso display of illusionistic texture. The differently colored elements of each panel look like torn paper; in repetition, they suggest that Thomas is telling a story through forms. Two drawings were also on view. In a small untitled 2001 piece in India Ink and marker, Thomas again arrays rows of rectangles, sometimes filled with squiggly lines, sometimes filled with color. The piece is alive with precise marks.

– Jonathan Goodman

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