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In the turbulent early years of the 20th century the Russian artist Kazimir Malevich painted a square canvas black, titled it Black Square and declared it the “zero of form”. Now, a century later, Deb Covell’s exhibition Zero further ponders the problem of how far she might push painting before it becomes something else. Covell works with the highly pliable medium of acrylic paint, building it up in sheets and layers, eschewing the traditional canvas support. It is piled on the floor and hung from the wall. Two pieces, folded into cryptic or hermetic forms, are titled Fold 1 and Fold 2. Yet the apparently theoretically introverted tangle of their making is in contrast to the graceful minimalism of their presence.

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