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Ryan Mrozowski, Pair (Indeterminate Fruit), 2015, two parts, acrylic on linen, each 23 × 16".

Ryan Mrozowski

On Stellar Rays

Ryan Mrozowski, Pair (Indeterminate Fruit), 2015, two parts, acrylic on linen, each 23 × 16".

Vigilant birds flanked the entrance to Ryan Mrozowski’s exhibit, eyeing the ripe goods hanging farther in: canvases covered in citrus-tree flowers, oranges, cherries, and “indeterminate fruit.” This compact exhibit—comprising two drawings (the birds, in thick oil-stick profile on paper) and nine paintings, all made this past summer—had an intractable beauty that promised something compelling beyond its polished perfection.

From the contrasting colors of lush green, gray, orange, teal, yellow, and red to the delicate, botanic detailing—not unlike Fra Angelico’s background landscapes, in which each blade of grass and petal is so precisely considered as to seem like a carpet or wallpaper print—Mrozowski’s paintings are lovely to look at. Alternating rows of six and seven oranges floating in a leafy field in the mural-size Untitled (Orange) have a mysterious depth.

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