New York

Rick Klauber

Brenda Taylor Gallery

Typical of the eight oil paintings in Rick Klauber’s exhibit “The Continuation,” Six Foot High, 1998, is built up of thousands of colored drips. One nears its speckles to experience their oddly chalky luster, only to step back so as not to lose sense of the overall painting. It’s difficult to decide whether these button-size drops were scattered randomly, or if their positions have been determined with care and purpose. Their relatively consistent round shape makes the work’s abstract surface feel more meditative than visceral, yet the dynamism of their apportioning seems as if it could only be the effect of chance.

Klauber’s style briefly recalls optometry tests used to detect color blindness, in which one stares at a field of tinted dots until a numeral stands out But the camouflaged shapes in his paintings suggest weirder and more intriguing associations: animals in fantastic poses,

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