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At the beginning of the millennium, Sol LeWitt unveiled his “Splotch” series to the art world. Sixteen years later it still offers strong inspiration for contemporary artists, viewable now as the driving force behind Sperone Westwater’s current exhibition in New York.
“Splotch” presents works by Nicole Awai, Lynda Benglis, Trudy Benson, Matias Cuevas, Lucky DeBellevue, Alex Dodge, Keltie Ferris, Mary Heilmann, Andreas Kocks, LeWitt, Emil Lukas, Riad Miah, Takesada Matsutani, Landon Metz, Angel Otero, Otto Piene, David Reed, Taney Roniger, Brie Ruais, Julia von Eichel, Terry Winters, and Jian-Jun Zhang.
The exhibition features a juxtaposition of the structure and its risk, allowing the artists to use their control of their practices to create their own splotches. Curator Eileen Jeng appreciates this dichotomy and welcomes it.
“I think there are elements of chance and so whether, like Keltie Ferris is using spray paint, you can’t pinpoint every specific area that the paint will spray,” said Jeng. “But she can control obviously where she’s painting. So there’s that chance element and it really adds to the overall picture. But controlled at the same time and methodical,” she continued.
The exhibition remains up through August 5.