Los Angeles

Robert Greene

Richard Telles Fine Art

Those familiar with Robert Greene’s early paintings of figures, architecture, and landscape combined in fairy-taleish scenarios would recognize a shift in the artist’s most recent abstract works. Nonetheless, these oils on panel are of a piece with Greene’s project, for whether in those previous dreamy scenes or in these new displays of color, gesture, and form, the artist reveals an impressive capacity for engaging the viewer with seductive and evocative hints of other places, times, and experiences.

The seven paintings on view (all from 1999) play a simple game with the relation between figure and ground, as well as the old struggle between flatness and illusionistic space. The panels are covered with a layer of a single solid color—surface as absolute foreground—but each of these monochrome screens is presented like a slice of Swiss cheese, perforated by circles of varying sizes that

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