Emily Noelle Lambert’s “Pink Trees,” one of her first solo exhibits, is a collection of bold, colorful acrylic on spacious canvases. Lambert has primarily lived in large cities; she currently resides in New York City. Though many of her paintings are labeled as landscapes one can deconstruct most of her work and see the influence of the city life. “Forest through the trees” looks more like a subway casting shadows in Astoria than a lush green. Lambert infuses country and cityscapes and blurs the distinction between the two. “Web,” which at first seems to connote a scene from nature, again draws in a cityscape and looks more like a circular-wrapping building seen from above. Influence of Lambert’s undergraduate studies in Eastern European culture can also be seen in her work. Lambert’s winter scenes depict so perfectly the bleak hollowness of the forests of Eastern Europe that one can almost feel they are walking through this quiet, mysterious wood. Lambert uses individual lines to bring together a scene. Her figures often seem to be standing still while the color spins around them in a vibrant dream. Some of Lambert’s work unfortunately feels over studied. Her use of color and symbolism can feel calculated and often distracts from the artistic endeavor. (Rachel Turney)
Through June 7 at Thomas Robertello Gallery, 939 W. Randolph.