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Untitled (Insomnia, Opioid Addiction, ADHD) image

Untitled (Insomnia, Opioid Addiction, ADHD)

Beverly Fishman

Philadelphia, b.1955


Urethane paint on wood

39 x 39 x 2 inches (99.1 x 99.1 x 5.1 cm)

Courtesy of the artist and Miles McEnery Gallery, New York, NY


Beverly Fishman’s bold, polychromatic wall works are a continuation of a series Fishman began in 2012, using urethane paint on cut wood panels.

With their often large size and bright color palette, the works are confrontational and bursting with tensions that beguile the viewer’s senses. By painting the edges of the pieces with gleaming fluorescent tones, Fishman allows the colors to interact with the white of the walls behind them, giving the illusion of a neon glow. In some of her compositions, the push and pull between the flat and glossy finishes toys with the viewer’s perception of space and reality. The flawless, pristine surfaces of Fishman’s work additionally mimic the clean and technologically precise expanses of research labs and operating tables, further linking them to pharmaceuticals.