San Francisco

Laurie Reid

Wirtz Art

Laurie Reid titled her recent exhibition of eleven watercolors “Speechless,” but while the totality may have been visually subdued, the show’s cumulative effect was far from mute: The works on paper, each an iteration of a nearly identical motif, expressed a variety of ideas and posed a number of questions that changed according to one’s physical proximity to them. From a distance, the paintings appear to be two-dimensional, almost photographic evocations of the contours of mountains enshrouded in mist, or of lines made by water in sand. But on closer observation, they reveal themselves to be loose matrices of thick, undulating parallel horizontal lines connected by thinner, shorter vertical marks. They variously resemble cellular structures, veins in a leaf, and the staggered grid of a brick wall. Each painting thus appears markedly dimensional, its pronounced horizontal ridges appearing

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