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The gorgeous but threatening world of Marion Estes
The gorgeous but threatening world of Marion Estes

Some of the most gorgeous frogs on the planet are also the most poisonous. The same goes for Marion Estes’ new paintings at CB1 Gallery. Titled “Dystopia,” the landscape surveyed in Estes’ seven paintings on paper, fabric and canvas hides its menace beneath supersaturated colors, fanciful patterns and sensuous surfaces. These are sometimes sprinkled with glitter, often adorned with luscious brushstrokes and almost always made up of oddly shaped swatches of fabric. Rather than stitching such sections together, like a seamstress, Estes has slathered them in buckets of glue and pasted them atop one another — as if patching a hot-air balloon or repairing a...

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