Claudia Chaseling: Play of Planes

Claudia Chaseling, Frequence 6, 2012, 80 x 80 cm, ink, egg tempera and oil on ca
Claudia Chaseling, Frequence 6, 2012, 80 x 80 cm, ink, egg tempera and oil on canvas (courtesy of SLAG Gallery)

Christina Kee reviews the exhibition Claudia Chaseling: Infiltration at SLAG Contemporary, Brooklyn, on view through August 30, 2012.

Kee writes that Chaseling's "small but ambitious show consists of a video, a handful of canvasses and a large, vaguely squid-shaped wall painting that appears to be divulging, or perhaps digesting, a number of discrete miniature paintings from within its unruly parameters. Strong looping forms, deadpan-color contrasts and decisive execution formally define an exhibition that initially seems engaged in a playful riff on contemporary abstraction. The more slowly absorbed narrative and imagistic elements of the show point, however, to an unexpected cluster of concerns: chance, anomaly, violence and the imaginings of post-apocalyptic experience."