San Francisco

Linda Geary

Rena Bransten Gallery

As evinced by her recent exhibition, Bay Area painter Linda Geary has embarked on an entirely new phase in her ongoing investigation into the language of color. This may sound rather dry, but Geary’s exquisite compositions, constructed from tendrils and pools of watery pigment, are anything but. In each of the thirteen paintings shown (twelve on paper and one on canvas), vaguely eccentric forms—as boldly conceived as they are meticulously rendered—are spread across a field of pristine white.

With a juggler’s adroitness, Geary uses both color and scale to manipulate the pictorial weight of the different elements in each painting. In Salt to Sea (all works 2006), blots and loops of saturated blue or dark violet-gray hover around the periphery of larger areas of green. Fat strokes of orange and yellow create a kind of complementary syncopation. The familial relationships created between these

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