Rachel Sitkin reviews paintings by Louise Belcourt at Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, on view through February 4, 2017.
Sitkin writes: “Blocky shapes pile upwards from the horizon line at the bottom edge of each canvas and coalesce into abstracted vistas. Belcourt utilizes an organic approach to perspective and sophisticated shifts in color to render depth, space, and atmospheric light. The liminal spaces between the tightly packed fields of flatly applied color function as alleyways from foreground to middleground. However, as I lingered in the gallery, I recognized the images as completely imagined places assembled using the language of landscape painting, rather than relating to the real world around us.”