Lillian Warren invites viewers to “Wait with Me” in her new installation at Lawndale Art Center. Warren's paintings show people in a variety of poses, all of them seemingly waiting. One's looking at his watch, another's standing with his arms crossed, others are fiddling with their cell phones. All of them are passive and idle, as if on hold. Adding to the sense of inactivity is the fact that the paintings seem incomplete. The people are outlined in faint black lines, with only some of their body parts colored in with vague, watercolor-like washes. Figures in the foreground are larger than life, while those in the background are smaller, making the gallery walls seem like windows into a connected space.
Through press materials, Warren explains, “When working on the paintings, I find myself thinking of Waiting for Godot and how that absurdist play can feel uncomfortably familiar as we spend our lives waiting endlessly for something that we might not recognize when we see it.” There's an opening reception at 6:30 p.m on August 24. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through September 29. 4912 Main. For information, call 713‑528‑5858 or visit www.lawndaleartcenter.org. Free.
Mondays-Fridays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays, 12-5 p.m. Starts: Aug. 24. Continues through Sept. 29, 2012