Nigerian-born, Philadelphia-based artist Odili Donald Odita is a professor of painting at Temple University, so his insights are tinged by professional distance. His dynamic, abstract style - jagged and punctured - gives his canvasses a look of colorful static, yet his paintings are playful in their decorative patterns. His unique colors seem to arise from nature, as if we're looking at a landscape, although all we see are geometric patterns.
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"The colors I use are personal," Odita recently said on the Temple University Web site, announcing an exhibit there. "I try to derive the colors intuitively, hand-mixing and coordinating them along the way. In my process, I cannot make a color twice. This aspect is important to me as it highlights the specificity of differences that exist in the world of people and things." Through May 5. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose. For information, call 713-284-8250 or visit www.camh.org. Free.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 11. Continues through May 2, 2010