John Lehr, Window Drawing, 2013, pigmented ink-jet print, 34 x 46 1/2".

John Lehr

Kate Werble Gallery

John Lehr, Window Drawing, 2013, pigmented ink-jet print, 34 x 46 1/2".

The nine color photographs in John Lehr’s recent exhibition “Low Relief” look like luscious but simple shots of chanced-upon urban surfaces—walls, doors, windows, grates—enriched by incidental wear and tear. And in terms of primary source, that’s exactly what they are. But Lehr has manipulated each close-up image physically and digitally, tinkering with both the subject on-site and its record in the studio to achieve a seamless hybrid of representation and abstraction. Concentrating on the subtle enhancement of existing characteristics, the Brooklyn-based artist variously heightens or mutes the hues in each fragment, bringing the result close to a kind of found Abstract Expressionist painting. The works are, in the words of their maker, “based in reality, but definitively imaginary.”

Lehr prints at one-to-one scale, so while all the works in the show are modestly

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