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Carol Haerer

Max Hutchinson Gallery

Carol Haerer, on the other hand, remains within a narrow range of pastel colors, seemingly the colors that white contains. In her paintings at the Max Hutchinson Gallery, she has covered bright hues with layers of transparent white until the colors barely glimmer through the surface. The effect is like trying to readjust one’s vision to indoor light after being outside in the sun, for it takes a long time for the paintings to reveal themselves. Because there are so few variations within, the exact sizes and shapes of the paintings assume primary importance. The smaller paintings, unable to generate any presence, are experienced as pretty objects. Only the canvases large enough to expand beyond their edges are able to create a buoyant atmosphere of light and space.

The two most successful paintings in the show, Tantran and Arc, are the largest, on respectively vertical and horizontal axes.

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