I saw Ilse’s beautiful new work at Tibor de Nagy gallery on Monday.

These paintings are all made on found surfaces. Frames, glass, and stretchers. Some of them are stuffed with her personal trash from the day she made the painting, and then the canvas is stretched over the trash. This creates a soft, bulging shape, which you can’t see in these images.

Her palattes are also included in the painting itself. It’s all there in one object: image, landscape, process, and material.

I’m also a big fan of the title she chose for the show. One reason is the apostrophe, which refers to something that’s absent.

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