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IMAGES: Stephen Maine’s BOOK #14-0103

This is the last day to check out “Halftone Paintings,��Stephen Maine’s solo at 490 Atlantic Gallery in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. Although dubbed “halftone,” Maine’s new mid-scale paintings�are not�enlarged photographs, but rather the products of a printmaking�process in�which he inks up objects like carpeting and then rubs them onto canvas�or panels. The highlight of the show includes Book #14-0103 (2014),�a massive 120-page�handmade artist’s book comprising material�experiments on paper that inform Maine’s painting process.
[Image at top: Stephen Maine, inside spread, Book #14-0103 (2014)]

Stephen Maine, inside spread, Book #14-0103 (2014)

Stephen Maine, inside spread, Book #14-0103 (2014)

 

Stephen Maine, inside spread, Book #14-0103 (2014)

Stephen Maine, inside spread, Book #14-0103 (2014)

Stephen Maine, inside spread, Book #14-0103 (2014)

Stephen Maine, inside spread, Book #14-0103 (2014)

Stephen Maine, inside spread, Book #14-0103 (2014)
Thumbing�through the thick, dog-eared (and sometimes torn) pages, one is reminded how important accident, chance,�and unintended relationships are to making good paintings. Maine�s gatefolds,�overlays, sewing, and other idiosyncratic design decisions yield sculptural objects (masquerading as books) that are both visually appealing and intellectually intriguing.
Stephen Maine: Halftone Paintings,” 490 Atlantic Gallery, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY. Through May 10, 2014.
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  1. Thanks for posting this- I love Stephen's work! And glad to see some images too.

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