'Abstraction: Take 3'

A rhythmic joining of three disparate bodies of work, this Davis Gallery show creates a compelling harmony of color and pattern

<i>Unstable Orbit</i>, by Sydney Yeager
Unstable Orbit, by Sydney Yeager

'Abstraction: Take 3'

837 W. 12th, 477-4929
www.davisgalleryaustin.com
Through April 13

You know abstract painting, right? Its creation is too often a cheap default for people not invested enough to learn the skills more obviously required for representational work. (Operative phrase: more obviously.) Just as, in literary forms, poetry is too often a cheap default for people not invested enough to take the time and effort more obviously required for longer or narrative work.

Well. "Abstraction: Take 3" at Davis Gallery comprises work by Steve Redman and Chun Hui Pak and Sydney Yeager, and it's like finding three volumes of brilliant, invigorating poetry mysteriously sitting on your doorstep when you leave for work in the morning. There's no cheap default here; there are masters, exemplifying what's best about their chosen area of expression.

Redman is constructing images where the various shapes and colors and textures balance each other in static choreography; if painted abstractions were perforce abstracted from something specific in the real world, we'd suppose these were derived from landscapes or aerial photography. Pak's paintings are astonishing feats of kaleidoscopic color, as if some origami master became obsessed with rendering the entire Pantone Matching System through paper folding, and then hired Pak to capture them with sublime precision in oils on canvas. Yeager's working an area of abstraction where you wish her oil renderings were available as wearable, 3-D versions of themselves, fashioned from shards and curls of gold and copper and other precious metals for adorning your body. So many of the artist's vivid pieces seem like Cartier hired Frank Stella to design a set of necklaces and armbands for Lady Gaga to accept Grammy awards in; they're as gorgeous as they are striking, is what we mean, a rhythmic joining of disparate parts.

This show itself is a rather rhythmic joining of three disparate bodies of work, creating a compelling harmony of color and pattern against the elegant walls of Davis Gallery.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Austin visual art
Exhibitionism
"Ryan Cronk: Migration Wisdom, Chalk Lines, Tracings, and Undertow"
This solo show explores new existential threats in sharp analytical prints and layered chaotic collage

Seth Orion Schwaiger, Sept. 5, 2014

"Michael Anthony García: Chimaera"
This ambitious solo show explores gender duality with the help of furniture and clothing borrowed from friends and family

Seth Orion Schwaiger, Aug. 29, 2014

More Arts Reviews
Zach Theatre's <i>Hedwig and the Angry Inch</i>
Zach Theatre's Hedwig and the Angry Inch
This revival gives the trans singer's identity crisis a punk lullaby with rockin' style

Robert Faires, Feb. 22, 2019

Mary Moody Northen Theatre's <i>The Three Musketeers</i>
Mary Moody Northen Theatre's The Three Musketeers
A contemporary script, powerful acting, and fantastic swordplay combine to create a heroic journey that's fun and easy to get lost in

Trey Gutierrez, Feb. 22, 2019

More by Wayne Alan Brenner
Nadia Waheed:
Nadia Waheed: "Notes From a Windowless Room" at Raw Paw
Explorations of identity by an artist of color, of colors, of many colors

Feb. 22, 2019

Is Austin’s Prohibition Creamery Too Sweet For Booze?
Prohibition Creamery: Too Sweet For Booze?
A whiskey mouth’s pleasurable experience suggests otherwise

Feb. 20, 2019

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

'Abstraction: Take 3', Austin visual art, Steve Redman, Chun Hui Pak, Sydney Yeager, Davis Gallery

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle