Chicago

Brian Longe

Klein Gallery

In general one resists the constraints of regionalism, but sometimes one has to admit the shared characteristics of artists from a particular geographical area. It comes as no surprise that the brilliantly colored landscapes of Brian Longe are made in California. Even Longe’s interest and involvement with Oriental mysticism can be linked to a West Coast sensibility. But his picturesque visions are not representations of the California coast, and although they generally include sky, a mountain range, and a pool, this is really to do with a correspondence between three elements. All the imagery depends on Longe’s fusing of logical, quasi-scientific ideas with intuition. The notion of producing a fictional landscape in a geography of gorgeous landscape is intriguingly perverse.

Longe uses a variety of shaped canvases and wooden panels in this series of paintings, but despite differences in

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