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This gestural quality holds true in Wexler’s other workslike “Downtown House.” Here again, the artist takes a partial view of the building, foregoing the entryway and lower half of the structure and emphasizing the appearance of the roof and surrounding trees against the skyline. Rendered in subtle earth tones and featuring a red brick chimney and green tin roof in high contrast with the pale sky, the home is both familiar and impossibly quaint; it could belong to a simpler, bygone time or a street scene in a Hollywood film. Wexler earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from City College in New York and a Master of Fine Arts from The Art Institute of Chicago. He says he has always been an artist. “I was meant to be an artist,” he explains with a mischievous chuckle. “I was preordained; I was taking those Crayolas to the wall as a kid. I told my dad many times that this is what I was 48 WBM february 2017


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