"Working in the Abstract: Rethinking the Literal" Showcases Local Heavy Hitters of Abstraction

Susie Rosmarin, Red Blue Green X (detail), 2007
Susie Rosmarin, Red Blue Green X (detail), 2007

This show acts as a kind of teaching tool, so it's appropriate that it's on display at the Glassell School of Art. It's a primer on different styles of abstract painting, and it features some local heavy hitters of abstraction.

The styles range from the liquid and organic compositions of Michael Kennaugh and Terrell James to the structured and geometrically inspired works of Pat Colville and Susie Rosmarin.

The show's good for cleansing your mood palate; it's a way to exorcise those analytical demons and distill your surroundings down to color, shape and pattern.

Rosmarin's meditative grids are consistently sweet eye candy, illuminated and flickering in an op-art-ish way. And Brooke Masterson Stroud's mysterious black paintings mix hard lines with hazy, unknowable open space. The exhibit succeeds in displaying the potential for emotion in abstraction.

Through November 28. The Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose, 713-639-7300.


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