blackbird spring 2002 vol.1 no. 1


ADAPTATION SYNDROME  |  Painting in Contemporary Image Culture

Shirley Kaneda

 Smooth Abrasion, 2000
 Oil and pencil on canvas, 76" x 62"
 Visual Arts Center of Richmond
 Courtesy Reynolds Gallery, Richmond

Shirley Kaneda aligns the painter’s practice with technological innovation—in her case, the computer. Her vocabulary fuses digital imaging with a reverence for the aesthetic integrity of formalist abstraction. The surfaces of her paintings reflect the distinct insight and skill of a painter’s eye and sensibility, as well as a variety of digital calisthenics that are employed in the initial stages of composing each piece.