Each artist uses abstraction uniquely. Two of Cartwright’s acrylic paintings face Staigher’s installation of fifteen panels. Even though they are roughly 30’ apart they sing with each other and vibrate through the space. While the latter takes music as inspiration, paying particular attention to rhythms and the interaction of colors, the former pushes hues to play with the relationship of foreground and background. Staigher’s organic, biomorphic, and fluid shapes are bands of graduated colors. In “Reversal No. 9” mauve, teal, grass green, and a vibrant yellow are blended into fluid drops over a neon pink background.
Contrary to the firm outlines in these works, Freeman and Schifano’s paintings feel softer and less defined. Reminiscent of color field painters, broad areas of the raw linen canvas are painted with mostly primary colors in Freeman’s work. I’m jarred by the cacophony in “Squares and Strokes_40”, while “Squares and Strokes_40 (red)” feels more inviting and pleasing even though red comes with an inherent intensity. Schifano opts for pastels and a seed-like shape motif that repeats through her paintings, which feel like an allusion to the landscape and the power of small beings.
I’m struck by how the works push me around space only through the use of shapes and colors. A dedication to this energy and focus on form connects the artists. Mono Practice’s last show was in 2022 June and this is a fabulous return for them to the local art scene.
Presented artists include Jacob Cartwright, Joanne Freeman, Jim Osman, Karen Schifano, and Melissa Staiger. Resonant Space at Mono Practice closes on Saturday, October 14, with gallery hours Friday and Saturday from 1-4 and by appointment.