Earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times described Alice Tippit’s paintings as “visual poetry.” In fact, Tippit bases her work on poems, creating visual constellations out of tiny, hard-edged oil paintings. Each is in block colors, minimalist, and impeccably executed. Not one line seems to be amiss. For this series, Tippit has selected a poem by Frank O’Hara—1955’s “The Eyelid Has Its Storms”—as inspiration. Each image comes from the bizarre world O’Hara describes: “Purchase to dream, green eyeshadow, kohl, gonorrhea, of the currents at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico.” —E.C.
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