Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Susan Brewer "Up with the Blues: Rhythms of Color in Painting" - Stutz Gallery - Jan. 14, 2004 - 2 1/2 stars

The Stutz Art Gallery (established by Print Resources) is an angular hall, flanked with white exhibition walls that cut right through the Print Resources office space running southwest to northeast. It's an attractive, seductive niche with bright lights that accent every minute detail of the paintings on view. There is an apparent dry quality to the abstract acrylic on canvas pieces, like the super bright lights had overwhelmed the life out of the work. The warmth of colors seems strangled. Some pieces contain a horizon line element where color divides north and south and where geometric, decorative factors scatter across. Upon first glance, the work is dreamily color-filled and expansive with lots of blue. Closer inspection reveals a compositional order to most of the pieces that looks like temperate lobby art. "Dream the Dance" has a bit more punch, with warm yellows and greens saturating through whites. Pinks, assembled in smatterings of bar code-like lines here and there, jump from the space. As a whole, the exhibition is very attractive. The large-scale paintings hang well as a group and compliment the space. Through Jan. 30, 2004; 317-501-9337. -Mary Lee Pappas

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