Clare Rojas: Caerulea

Clare Rojas, Untitled (CR1406), 2014, 40 x 32 inches (courtesy Gallery Paule Ang
Clare Rojas, Untitled (CR1406), 2014, 40 x 32 inches (courtesy Gallery Paule Anglim)

David M. Roth reviews the exhibition Clare Rojas: Caerulea at Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco, on view through May 31, 2014.

Roth writes: "... it’s worth remembering that the original impetus behind nonobjective art was to banish representation and illusionism... the rewards have grown substantially harder to reach, owing to the number of possibilities that have already been explored... Rojas navigates this well-trod territory with paintings of two types: those that feature curves and those employ hard-angled geometric forms. In both cases, yawning white spatial gaps and clashing colors play important roles; and in this show, as in previous exhibitions, it’s the curvaceous forms that prove to be her strongest suit. They give off a spooky sensuality, and most importantly, they refer to things outside themselves..."