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Avri Ohana

Frank Bustamante Gallery

In these landscapes Avri Ohana evokes subtle atmospheres of shimmering light, using gestures that have a sketchy energy. The Morocco-born, Israel-raised Ohana began as a figurative painter before turning to the semiabstract geometrical groupings seen here. He begins by applying wild sprays of acrylic paint onto canvas or paper. In Napa Valley (all works 1988), one square of the patchwork composition contains splattered, unblended paint, as if the artist intended to leave a visible trace of the process. Tiberia Kineret features an explosion of color hovering over a skyline of triangles and trapezoids. Festival Night contains dots of color that suggest fireworks against a darkened sky. Typically, Ohana works the initial pigments into the canvas, building up layers of muted hues. In Megido Kineret, rectangles of mottled green and rust overlap like so many squares of semitransparent paper in

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