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Paintings by Tauba Auerbach from the Extended Object (2018–) and Grain (2015–) series

Tauba Auerbach Extended Object (2020)
Tauba Auerbach, Extended Object, 2020, acrylic on canvas / wooden stretcher and wooden frame, 14 x 18 inches, 35.6 x 45.7 cm, frame: 15.25 x 19.25 x 3.5 inches 38.7 x 48.9 x 8.9 cm, Photo: Lance Brewer
Tauba Auerbach, Extended Object, 2020, acrylic on canvas / wooden stretcher and wooden frame, 14 x 18 inches, 35.6 x 45.7 cm, frame: 15.25 x 19.25 x 3.5 inches 38.7 x 48.9 x 8.9 cm. © Tauba Auerbach. Photo: Lance Brewer
Tauba Auerbach, Extended Object, 2018, acrylic on canvas / wooden stretcher and aluminum frame, 14 x 18 inches, 35.6 x 45.7 cm, frame: 15.25 x 19.25 x 3.5 inches 38.7 x 48.9 x 8.9 cm
Tauba Auerbach, Extended Object, 2018, acrylic on canvas / wooden stretcher and aluminum frame, 14 x 18 inches, 35.6 x 45.7 cm, frame: 15.25 x 19.25 x 3.5 inches 38.7 x 48.9 x 8.9 cm. © Tauba Auerbach.
Tauba Auerbach, Extended Object, 2019, acrylic on canvas / wooden stretcher and wood frame, 14 x 18 inches, 35.6 x 45.7 cm, frame: 15.25 x 19.25 x 3.5 inches 38.7 x 48.9 x 8.9 cm
Tauba Auerbach, Extended Object, 2019, acrylic on canvas / wooden stretcher and wood frame, 14 x 18 inches, 35.6 x 45.7 cm, frame: 15.25 x 19.25 x 3.5 inches 38.7 x 48.9 x 8.9 cm. © Tauba Auerbach.
Tauba Auerbach, Extended Object, 2018, acrylic on canvas / wooden stretcher and aluminum frame, 14 x 18 inches, 35.6 x 45.7 cm, frame: 15.25 x 19.25 x 3.5 inches 38.7 x 48.9 x 8.9 cm, Photo: Vegard Kleven
Tauba Auerbach, Extended Object, 2018, acrylic on canvas / wooden stretcher and aluminum frame, 14 x 18 inches, 35.6 x 45.7 cm, frame: 15.25 x 19.25 x 3.5 inches 38.7 x 48.9 x 8.9 cm. © Tauba Auerbach. Photo: Vegard Kleven
Tauba Auerbach, Grain: Chiral Fret Sublimation, 2017, acrylic on canvas / wooden stretcher, 60 x 45 inches, 152.4 x 114.3 cm, Photo: Steven Probert
Tauba Auerbach, Grain: Chiral Fret Sublimation, 2017, acrylic on canvas / wooden stretcher, 60 x 45 inches, 152.4 x 114.3 cm. © Tauba Auerbach. Photo: Steven Probert

Tauba Auerbach‘s Extended Object series of paintings (2018–ongoing) captivates the eye with juicy use of complimentary and contrasting colors and depth of pattern and directional movement.

Auerbach’s Extended Object series feels closely related to her earlier Grain series (2015–), whereby Auerbach employs custom-made instruments, or brushes, for painting. Initially, I presumed Auerbach implemented a similar process of custom-tooling in her Extended Object series; however, it is said that Auerbach created this newer series by a technical process that is somewhat similar to paper marbling.

In both series, Auerbach cultivates embossed patterning which highlights the geometry of brush or brush-like movement. Fluid and undulating patterns flow-forth and pull the eye of the observer into alternate, sidelong spaces, sometimes culminating in a point of resonance that feels like a filtered mystic spout.

Visit Tauba Auerbach’s website here; read more about the Extend Object series at Paula Cooper and at Hunter College of Art; read an interview with Tauba Auerbach with Tom McGylnn at The Brooklyn Rail.

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