Los Angeles

Karen Carson

Rosamund Felsen Gallery

“Spiritual Vanities” is the name Karen Carson chose for this exhibit of paintings and smaller watercolors, but her titles, mostly derived from Disney songs, seem closer in spirit to the rhapsodic chromatic and spatial manipulations of these works. Carson’s exuberantly orchestrated acrylic-on-panel constructions are studded with pieces of Plexiglas mirror, usually arranged in concentric ripples, like shards from a shattered reflection. These are contraposed with radiations of paint that charge the works’ surfaces with explosive energy, but also, problematically, suggest a cause-and-effect reading for their fractured interior architecture.

The irregular edges of . . . makes no difference who you are, 1989, appear to have been jarred awry by the centrifugal force of a trio of brightly-colored paint bursts. These stellar images are each painted in a different manner—cartoonish squiggly rays

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