Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Judy Leiviska - Cafe Patachou (Carmel) - March 3, 2004 - 3 stars

Leiviska's work on display, monotypes and color reduction hand printed woodcuts, possess a tranquillity through muted color and a linear execution of composition. The elongated quality of the woodcuts is reminiscent of water rushing wherever it goes, giving the work an element of rhythm and life. Colors, such as muted deep purples and greens with an undercurrent of faded orange, further this sense of ease, stillness and softness. One abstracted monotype, on the other hand, is composed primarily of red, yellow and blue (the sacred trinity of color), with touches of washed orange and light blue. The blotches of color, dry and smooth, are given a pulsating life through her gestural application. The basic colors and hot white paper background achieve an engaging, sophisticated abstraction. More of Leiviska's work can be viewed at the Hoosier Salon. Through March 31, 2004; 317-569-0965. -Mary Lee Pappas

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