"HJ BOTT: Scribble Morphings"

The scribbles over the acrylic on canvas paintings that make up "HJ BOTT: Scribble Morphings" document that HJ Bott has a sense of humor, and refuses to take himself too solemnly, though this in no way questions his seriousness as an artist.

The press release undermines the light-hearted tone, going into considerable detail in claiming that "the "24 Basic Scribbles" [are] the inherent, fundamental marks that are consistently found in the drawings of children, the building blocks that ultimately make up all written and visual languages across every culture." A strong claim indeed.

In Artisanal REDISTRICTING (No Clean-UP Here) tan and blue horizontal elements are covered with a pink scribble outlined in blue, then white. Despite all the clues in the title, I couldn't fathom it, though the dominant scribble did suggest a roadway.

In OH-GEE the scribble is dominated by an in-your-face black background and greenish large shapes, each somewhat resembling a comma. The work is simple, but strong.

Many of the paintings in the show are recent, but the gallery has included one large one, 66" by 50", done in 2000, Landscape Rhetoric, which is stunning in its warmth, grace and subtlety. There appears to be a transparent fabric curtain, shielding but not impeding the view of what lies within, unknown, but holy. This painting is wonderful.
Tuesdays-Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Oct. 28. Continues through Nov. 15, 2014

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