Joseph Noderer @ Linda Warren Projects

Joseph Noderer, Hark and You Will Hear, oil on panel, 2014 (courtesy of Linda Wa
Joseph Noderer, Hark and You Will Hear, oil on panel, 2014 (courtesy of Linda Warren Projects)

Chris Miller reviews the exhibition Joseph Noderer: 'Neath the Light at Linda Warren Projects, Chicago, on view through May 17, 2014.

Miller writes that Noderer's paintings evoke "a gothic tale, like 'Wuthering Heights,' where nature has reclaimed that problematic experiment we call civilization—made all the more compelling because Noderer is such an expressive and painterly image maker. Each painting glows and pops with a sharp, delicious design, even if it’s depicting a face that’s more tuberous than human. Noderer lives in Austin, Texas, but I suspect he spends a lot of time up in some remote hill country where the human footprint, and social ideals, are continually challenged by a backwoods mentality and the forces of nature."