Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 22
The oil paintings of Los Angeles artist Linda Stark take her months, or even years, to create. Her piece “White Weave,” for example, required a process of repeatedly dripping thick stripes of off-white oil paint onto a canvas. Each separate layer took weeks to dry before the next could be applied. The product is a textural statement, a weaving of paint that reflects the painstaking nature of women’s handiwork. Like most of her pieces, it transcends the two dimensionality of the painting process, forming a sculptural subtly that is affecting in its soft indentations and outward bubbling. The same supple semblance appears in “Brand,” a portrait of a naval in which paint is built up to portray the protrusions of the skin where they wrinkle around the awkward dip. Around the eye-like focal point is a red outline of a flower that looks as if it has been seared into the skin of the painting, with pink irritation surrounding it. Now on view at BAM/PFA in Linda Stark / MATRIX 250, Stark’s pieces are poignant and important meditations on the pains of being a woman.