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Clare Rojas, Untitled, 2014, oil on canvas, 48 × 64".

Clare Rojas, Untitled, 2014, oil on canvas, 48 × 64".

Clare Rojas

Anglim Gilbert Gallery

Clare Rojas, Untitled, 2014, oil on canvas, 48 × 64".

In her recent exhibition “Caerulea,” Clare Rojas continued the investigation of abstraction she embarked on in 2011, in a departure from the work for which she is best known: whimsical paintings that, like the work of her San Francisco Mission School cohort, take up the aesthetics of sign-painting and street art, though often with a feminist twist. Purged of her signature folksy and fairy-tale-like imagery—stylized animal and matryoshka doll figures and boldly patterned borders and backgrounds derived from quilting and outsider or craft-based techniques—these new oil paintings on canvas (all Untitled, 2014) embrace the formally austere language of geometric abstraction, harkening back to the Russian Constructivist and De Stijl movements. Several are positively Proun-like in their spare distribution of shapes and colors over white grounds. Others are denser and grid-based,

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