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Art Review: Chris Gallagher at McKenzie Fine Art

With what seems to be a fond nod to 70s “op-art,” Chris Gallagher’s exhibit at McKenzie Fine Art is a breath of fresh air, a delightfully colorful, thematic series. Gallagher’s sometimes vertigo-inducing oils, composed of more-or-less parallel lines in warm and playful shades and painted wet to enhance the bleed between layers play tricks on the eye and the mind: they are great fun. A couple of circular pieces ask you to determine if they’re concave or convex (they’re both, depending on your POV). The largest, most striking of the bunch moves from gentle pastels to magnificently deep shades of midnight blue for something of a prismatic shift. Whether the viewer is up close or observing more naturally from a distance, the dizzying effect of all the lines is nothing short of psychedelic, evoking the point at which the drugs start to kick in and the eyes strain to keep the colors from bleeding into each other. But Gallagher’s hand is nothing if not steady: unsurprisingly, velocity plays a substantial role in this collection. The speed at which he works a particular stripe or series of stripes vividly translates to the experience of the viewer, perceiving them as spinning or flowing at different speeds. See this but not if you’ve had too much: the show will affect you viscerally. Through November 8 at McKenzie Fine Art, 511 West 25th Street, second floor.

October 11, 2008 - Posted by | Art, Reviews | , ,

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