ON EXHIBIT: CLARE ROJAS’ BREAKTHROUGH ABSTRACT SHOW AT GALLERI NICOLAI WALLNER
Signaling a major, potentially career-defining departure from her previous intensely-folky, oftentimes cloying low-fi Americana imagery, painter Clare Rojas has created what could easily be called the finest body of work in her young career with her current eponymous show at Galleri Nicolai Wallner in Copenhagen. For this new show, Rojas has gone rogue, switching up painting styles completely, creating a series of works rooted in the cool modernism of the Bauhaus rather than the somewhat tired San Francisco folk/street art school of thought that thoroughly dominated her previous work. The gorgeous geometry of her new colorblock abstracts is truly inspirational and catapaults the painter into a different realm of sophisticated rendering that shows there might just be new life after Beautiful Losers after all (for more than just her husband Barry McGee, that is, who has contributed a lone artwork to the project room of Rojas’ exhibition as a show of solidarity).
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