Both alien and fanciful, Dan Gamble’s paintings mix architecture with the organic in a painting series of eight works, titled “Cause and Effect.” Gamble creates evolving and eroding towers of muted colors. The detail is astounding, and the method of painting, which covers over the work or completely erases huge portions of the towers adds an unexpected dimension. Math and design play a stiff role in the paintings, but this is softened by the billowing gray back and foreground reminiscent of fog and water. Gamble creates an ovular or circular void in each of his works, which represents the Won Buddhist concept of everything perfect being contained within the empty space. The insertion of this philosophy into the paintings changes what at first appears to be a work of mystical geometry into a comment on the construction of society and the balance between intellect and the natural world. The vortex-like void plays tricks on the eyes, and the larger linen canvases can cause a feeling of being lost. (Rachel Turney)
Through October 11 at ZG Gallery, 300 W. Superior, (312)654-9900.