''Dirk Rathke: Endearing the Line'' is the third solo exhibit for the Berlin-based artist at Gallery Sonja Roesch. Rathke works in what Roesch calls the geometric-abstract tradition. Translation: He focuses on the relationship between line, space and movement, often with startling results.
Rathke presents objects created with the normal tools of a painter — that is, a wooden frame, canvas, and paint — but these are definitely not conventional paintings. In his 2007 exhibit at the gallery, we saw wall objects made up of unevenly shaped canvases grouped together to form large, monochrome squares that seemed bent and twisted out of their axes. ''Endearing the Line'' continues that exploration by Rathke with pieces such as Geteiltes Rot, made up of two irregularly shaped canvases painted red that, when pushed together, seem to form a thick line.
There’s an opening reception with the artist 5 to 7 p.m. May 5. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through June 30. 2309 Caroline. For information, call 713-659-5424 or visit www.gallerysonjaroesch.com.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: May 5. Continues through June 30, 2012