Nina Bovasso

Vendata Gallery

Nina Bovasso revs her paintings right up to the point where the riotous starts to dribble over into the giddy. But the swirling up-tempo pacing of her works, their curvy and swervy insouciance, can’t quite mask a surprisingly fastidious construction. Her viscous swirls and curlicues are so bold and sweepingly rhythmic that it’s an additional source of pleasure to find them rooted in a myriad of microdecisions, in her accretion of a seemingly endless series of small and discrete pictorial globules that proliferate in organic effusion. This is post-paisley abstraction at its most evocative, a focused pedal-to-the-metal loopiness that fully energizes the decorative and churns it into a charged vehicle for a kind of acrylic adrenaline.

With You in Mind #2 (all works 1999) swoops over its more than nine feet of paper like a mandala gone berserk. From a plethora of petite dots, ovals, and lax

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