Lyle Carbajal’s “Artless” Paintings [Review]

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The jagged textures and apparent artlessness of Lyle Carbajal’s paintings are manifestations of his work’s underlying origins, and the considerably more refined textures of his larger artistic aims and ongoing explorations. The artlessness is part of his strategy to strip away any superfluous aspect of the image, to focus on the line, which he believes is the essential element or default of visual grammar. Carbajal’s work may be fundamentally (if inadvertently) concerned with the status of beauty in contemporary art. Indeed, his type of art–visually raw, polymorphous, drenched in ideas and information, especially autobiographical minutiae–seems to question the need for beauty, even its validity as an element of art.

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