Eli Ping Gallery | 131 Eldridge Street
Dekkenga works out the compositions of her paintings in Adobe Illustrator. After applying an impasto underpainting, she uses herself as a printer to transfer the composition to the painting surface. The procedure produces a thing that levels action and stops movement, making it impossible to retrace a series of painterly moves.
The title of the show comes from Peter Halley's 1984 essay The Crisis in Geometry. In the essay Halley distinguishes computers and electronic entertainment from the "hard geomotries" of the prison and the factory. Soft geometries, he contends, occur in the cultural feedback loop of simulation.
In conjunction with the exhibition a free screensaver will be available for download at the gallery's website.