Finding Order in Disorder at Art Palace

"Fathers" by Kyle Young
"Fathers" by Kyle Young

In his first solo show in eight years, for those keeping track, Kyle Young picks up right where he left off. His bold paintings continue the play with the geometric shape and order that he's become known for in his new show, "Push Play," at Art Palace. And the colors are as bright as ever.

In the intervening years, Young has been operating a fairly successful art storage and refurbishing company, Ty-Art, handling the care and treatment of other people's art. That detail gives a whole new way of looking at his work here. Most of his paintings have been chopped up, first painted on a whole canvas, which is then sliced into even pieces that are rearranged very carefully to make the canvas whole again. It sounds like a nightmare to potentially destroy your art, but the works are very clean and smooth, handled with utmost care and each piece placed just so. That's not to say these works aren't without tension. In such works as "Fathers" and "Dialogue -- Red & Orange," your mind tries in vain to piece the work back together to its original, more familiar form, the visible strokes of paint no longer connecting from piece to piece.

"Chalice Reversed" by Kyle Young
"Chalice Reversed" by Kyle Young

Similar to this reordering and rearranging to create something new, some of Young's works also deal in inverses. The most impressive of these, "Chalice Reversed," shies away from the artist's bright pastels and works with just black and white -- with the black largely engulfing what little white there is. It is a giant 116 by 77 feet and takes up one of the gallery's walls. The work references "Chalice," a much smaller painting in the Museum of Fine Arts' collection that consists of the same image and proportions, but with the black white and the white black. A simple detail like that, even without the referenced work displayed, reminded me that this is a piece of art that has a history, a lineage, and no one work is ever really "done."

The majority of these dozen works on display delve into disorder and the inverse, whether it's acrylic on panel or a monotype collage. And then there's "Infinite Reduction Series." This large-scale work is comprised of three rows of circles and ovals of varying colors -- orange, blue, pink, purple, silver, green, black and gray. The shapes alternate -- circle, oval, circle, oval -- and are like mirrors that only reflect color. Amid the disorder that preceded it, there's a calming sense of resolution in this work. The shapes and colors of the circles and ovals reference back to pieces throughout the show -- the chopped-up green in "Portrait in Green and Orange," the sliced orange in "Portrait in Orange and Purple," the scattered pink in "Thank You Robert -- Pink." At this point, you've truly come full circle.

"Push Play" at Art Palace, 3913 Main, now through April 7. For more information, call 281-501-2964 or visit the gallery's website.


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