Chicago

Janet Cooling

Nancy Lurie Gallery

Janet Cooling is an outspoken young painter; her figurative subjects run the gamut from tender bunnies through fornicating women to Godzilla-like monsters. In her work she has shown herself to be a lesbian feminist, an environmentalist, and an antinuclear advocate, but whatever she may be and as powerful as her art is, the point that her imagery tries to make is not always clear.

The current work amounts to an art tailor-made for an urban/suburban apocalypse. The eight new paintings here are generally related to Cooling’s earlier acrylic canvases in that they are multi-imaged compilations of human figures, animals, and man-made objects, but many of them are executed on shaped gator board. Having abandoned the explicit carryings-on of lesbian couples that dominated her paintings for several years, Cooling now centers on one or more individual figures, usually female. These figures, often

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