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Published in The Art Newspaper, February 2016
Yet again proof positive that artists make some of the best curators, with Jeff McMillan’s small but perfectly selected exhibition of works by an eclectic span of artists that riffs on the richness and scope of the abstract drawing. Or, indeed, of drawing in general—with many materials and means of production here extending way beyond a line on paper.
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Published in Blouin Artinfo, November 2014
Published in Modern Painters, June 2014
“I like it because it’s not normal,” said Polly Apfelbaum of her exhibition “A Handweaver’s Pattern Book,” at Clifton Benevento through August 8. While the pieces in the show are made using fairly simple materials — markers, string, ceramics, and textiles — the artist has conceived of her installation as a hybrid of forms: a drawing; a painting; a book whose pages have been removed and hung on the walls. The exhibition is composed of 50 ink-on-rayon works, arranged in rows, and a series of glazed ceramic beads suspended from colored strings that hang from the existing sprinkler pipes on Clifton Benevento’s ceiling.
Published in The Oregonian , 7 April 2014
Polly Apfelbaum, who lives and works in New York City, is best known for her ambitious installations, in which hundreds of hand-dyed swatches of velvet fabric creep and spiral in hive-like formations on the floor. Existing somewhere between painting and sculpture (the artist describes them as “fallen paintings”), these hybridized installations buzz with vibrant color combinations and complex patterns, even though they are made with minimal means. For her installation at the Lumber Room, “Color Stations Portland,” the artist continues to pursue that minimalist aesthetic, muting the hand-crafted quality of her dyed velvet installations and considering the optic effects and meanings of pure color in isolation.
Published in Design Boom, 15 December 2013
Throughout her work, new york based artist polly apfelbaum examines postwar abstraction in relationship to popular culture. The work occupying the gallery floor at the perez art museum, miami refers to the sinister monkey character from the popular cartoon series, ‘the power puff girls’.‘Mojo jojo’ is made from hundreds of shaped pieces of dyed velvet – using all 104 colors produced by the french fabric dye company sennelier — placed directly onto the ground. Spanning 18 feet in diameter, the massive spiral is rich in varying colors and hues, changing their value depending on both the angle of the viewer and the light that enters the space. an important aspect of the work to apfelbaum is this captured sense of fluidity, as the chroma is constantly evolving and moving along with the observer. Its circular geometry and fabric dyes reference the carpets, quilts, and domestic hand-crafts that were influential to the artist during the 1907s, while tie-dye, popular during the late 1960s inform the palette. ‘Mojo jojo’ is currently shown for the exhibition ‘americana: formalizing craft’ from now until may 2015.
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