In Devening Project’s Off Space gallery, Aline Cautis employs an intuitive language of gesture, mark-making and abstract forms to create paintings and works on paper that are at once fluidly psychedelic and tightly controlled. The works’ tight rendering recall Sarah Morris’ grid paintings, but there is an element of abstract expressionism’s wild child via the obsessive gestural mark-making and layering. The lines and marks engage in a dance along the surfaces of the works but also deep into the flat surface’s depth of field, causing kaleidoscopic shifting for the viewer. Cautis describes her works as “interior language pressing against the surface of the painting in an attempt at fractured communication through chaotic language.” Though the viewer would have to work hard to arrive at that statement, Cautis’ paintings are easy on the eye with their rich color choices, dramatic confluence of lines and puzzling layers. (Sze Lin Pang)
Through October 8 at Devening Projects + Editions, 3039 W. Carroll
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