Abstraction: A Visual Language

Magalie Guérin, Untitled (Hat-beast), 2015, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches (court
Magalie Guérin, Untitled (Hat-beast), 2015, oil on canvas, 20 x 16 inches (courtesy of Rhona Hoffman Gallery)

Alan Pocaro reviews Abstraction: A Visual Language at Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, on view through July 31, 2015. The show features works by Samantha Bittman, Kika Karadi, Linnéa Spransy, Raychael Stine, Jackie Saccoccio, Nancy Haynes, Magalie Guérin

Pocaro notes: "Aside from the obvious aesthetic concerns of making objects of lasting beauty, the central problem of abstraction has always been one of style and technique. More specifically, it has been the search for a technique that yields and animates an autographic or signature style as unique as the painter’s vision. It’s a lot harder than it sounds: as evidence, witness the cliché-ridden failures of abstract painting’s supposed 'comeback' visible at any given art fair. All the more reason then to celebrate the seven artists whose works comprise the concentrated, diverse and yet seamlessly integrated 'Abstraction: A Visual Language' at Rhona Hoffman Gallery. That these artists are also women is a fact worth highlighting in its own right, but let’s be clear: these are damn good painters first and foremost who make singular works that defy easy categorization."