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Dustin Metz: The Fruit at Hunter Shaw Fine Art
September 11, 2022 - November 6, 2022
At Hunter Shaw Fine Art, citrus takes center stage. Dustin Metz’s paintings feature enigmatic, low-relief limes, lemons, and oranges that float with painted and dappled chartreuse surfaces. Using modeling paste, Metz builds up smooth mounds on the surface of his paintings that he then carves to create delicately cafted tangy peels. The fruits glow with an almost Biblical gravitas: The perspective in some paintings make the lemons appear to be hovering over you like an angelic muse.
Other small paintings of oranges are hung low to the ground at 45-degree angles, starting up at you with an eerily menacing anthropomorphism. Together, the exhibition is a singular vision that brings new meaning to the still life genre.
On view: September 11–November 6, 2022.
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Photo: Dustin Metz, Lime Entering the Bardo (2022). Oil and molding paste on canvas, 64 x 47.5 inches. Image courtesy of the artist and Hunter Shaw Fine Art. Photo: Ruben Diaz.