Llyn Foulkes, The Awakening , 1994-2012, Mixed mediums, 102.2 x 111.8 x 17.8 cm; © Private collection/ Photo by Robert Wedemeyer; Deliverance, 2007, Mixed media, 72 x 84 in. (182.9 x 213.4 cm); Courtesy the artist and Kent Gallery, New York/Photo by Randel Urbauer.


Llyn Foulkes: An Uncomfortable Presence

…Whether this kind of Woody Allen-esque pathos is one’s particular taste is neither here nor there. What interests me in this retrospective is the skepticism it expresses towards the notion of activist art. For Foulkes, changing the world seems a foregone possibility, and painting is only a means to tunnel deeper into the marrow of the difficulty. After years of picking, these works feel less completed than simply sloughed off like an old scab…

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