Bettina Blohm: Diagrams Intuited

Bettina Blohm, Great Escape, 2014, oil on Linen, 68 x 84 inches (courtesy of Mar
Bettina Blohm, Great Escape, 2014, oil on Linen, 68 x 84 inches (courtesy of Marc Straus Gallery)

David Rhodes reviews works by Bettina Blohm at Marc Strauss Gallery, New York, on view through December 12, 2014.

Rhodes writes: "Great Escape (2014), which... measures 68 x 84 inches, has black curved strokes that change direction from one square to the next appear to possess a restless energy — like a flickering diagram. In counterpoint, the squares each tilt at a shallow angle, maintaining the rhythmic shifting of both space and surface. Matisse certainly comes to mind in the red, black and white color range and the way in which the black curved lines recall the body, albeit indirectly. The degree to which decorative effect and broken pattern proliferate changes from painting to painting."