Patricia Treib, Batignolles, 2015, oil on canvas, 72 × 54".

Patricia Treib

Kate MacGarry

Patricia Treib, Batignolles, 2015, oil on canvas, 72 × 54".

At first glance, the ease with which the eye travels through one of Patricia Treib’s paintings belies the complexity she brings to the canvas. The seven large paintings and three smaller works in this New York–based artist’s exhibition “Mobile Sleeve” mostly feature forms created from large painterly marks that appear to have been made in a single gesture with very thin oil paint. With their flat, slightly bubbly surfaces, they resemble marks made in watercolor or ink. And yet those fluid gestures—in bright, soft color—often suggest solid volumes: architectural sections or biomorphic shapes. Still, they retain their lightness; sometimes they appear to float airily, while elsewhere they grip together like organs held firm by skin.

For example, Batignolles (all works cited, 2015) consists of seven stacked shapes fitting snugly into the rectangle. Along the left side stands

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