San Francisco

Keegan McHargue

Jack Hanley Gallery

In pop-psych color theory, yellow signifies warmth, happiness, intellect, and energy. For his recent exhibition “The Yellow Spectrum,” Keegan McHargue painted the entire gallery floor a sunny shade of that color, bathing the room in a golden glow. It was a visually audacious act that had the effect of turning the space into a charged stage for ten paintings suffused in and related to the same luminous vibes. The retinal impact of the color had an undeniably positive physiological effect on the paintings’ viewers, who seemed to thrive in the setting. One couldn’t help but wonder, however, how these works might look under the unflattering rays of a fluorescent tube, rather than under the incandescent bulbs that illuminated the space on this occasion.

McHargue, who is self-taught, works in acrylic and gouache and combines cartoonlike figuration and geometric patterns with stylistic allusions

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