“Is it all possible? Is there nothing to look for? What is a vision?” implores Gary Rattigan. These questions are titles of the work in his current exhibition of organic abstraction painting, “Things Go Wrong Quite Often.” The rhetorical musings are asked in order to produce a feeling, or to make a statement rather than elicit information. Paradoxical questions demand an answer, and the stress of meditation on the question being posed is often illuminating. Rattigan’s canvases, ranging from aggressive bright yellows to abysmal blacks, are a meditation upon these concepts, but they surely don’t resolve a thing. They are abstracted riddles, demonstrating the inadequacy of logical reasoning. They provoke enlightenment and reflection through the physicality of the hand struggling to understand the unknown. (Karissa Lang)
Through June 7 at 65Grand, 1378 W. Grand.