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Julian Dashper:

At Odds

by Mark Kirby

New Zealand's Julian Dashper (b. 1960) gained an early reputation in the 1980s by mimicking the style of abstract expressionism in an extensive body of work that he claimed could have been painted while wearing a three-piece suit. These ironic works were misinterpreted as neo-expressionism when first shown in the mid-1980s, a reaction that both bemused and amused the artist, spurring him to paint in less conventional ways. In Dashper's retrospective, "Midwestern Unlike You and Me," these and other early works are exhibited as sets of 35ram transparencies in…

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