The Argentina-born, Los Angeles-based painter’s second solo show, at Thomas Solomon Gallery, does not begin with grand notions, abstract ideas or idealized fictions. Instead, the 13 intimately scaled works that make up “Grayscale” start with stuff: physical substances that, in the right combination, become paintings you never tire of scrutinizing.
Saban tests the limits of materials and attentiveness. In one small work, she has partially peeled a layer of dark gray acrylic from its canvas ground. The simple gesture is a sort of clinical striptease that confuses distinctions between pleasure and knowledge, anticipation and delivery.