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Contained Free Staff Pick

When: Fridays, Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. and Fri., Sept. 6, 6-9 p.m. Continues through Sept. 7 2019
The art world vogue for black clothing may be a hip mutation of nineteenth-century formalwear, but black can be powerful and mysterious in art. Our media-scorched eyeballs and brains may in fact benefit from a little visual quiet time. Two artists who abstain from color — beyond a palette of black, white, tan and brick red — are the painter Susan Aulik and the ceramicist Catherine Waller. Aulik creates abstractions in acrylic and collage that marry gesture and shape, synthesizing centrifugal spontaneity and centripetal aesthetic form: with its lattices and layers, excisions and enso-like circles, and its suggestion of flux caught in suspension, the show is aptly named Contained. Waller’s ceramic vessels with their sturdy forms and geometric patterning — and their art-historical references — might pass for archaic if beamed into a museum vitrine, but some of them — e.g., “Homage to Delft Tulip Vase Vessel,” “Hand Grenade Vessel” — proclaim their contemporaneity humorously.
— DeWitt Cheng


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