Transcendence Times Two

Lori Ellison, Untitled, 2011, gouache on wood panel, 10 x 8 inches (courtesy McK
Lori Ellison, Untitled, 2011, gouache on wood panel, 10 x 8 inches (courtesy McKenzie Fine Art)

Joanne Mattera reviews the exhibitions Lori Ellison at McKenzie Fine Art and Tantric Paintings at Feature Inc., New York (both shows on view through February 11, 2012)

Mattera writes that "In description, two current exhibitions of small works couldn't sound more different: One, eye-bendingly complex, is idiosyncratic and personal, the work of a New Yorker, made over the past several years. The other, quietly reductive, is traditional and codified, the work of anonymous painters in Rajasthan, India, over the past several years. Yet both are utterly transcendent."