Leah Ollman reviews the exhibition Marie Thibeault: funtown at George Lawson Gallery, Los Angeles, on view through June 8, 2013.
Ollman writes that Thibeault's new paintings "are loosely focused on 'Funtown,' a New Jersey amusement park ravaged last fall by Hurricane Sandy. The paintings are images of motion machines and dynamic motion machines in themselves. Roller coasters and ferris wheels appear, usually fragmented, as central icons within agitated fields of vibrant color. These structures compromised by the storm also serve well as metaphors for the spasmodic rhythm of experience (the coaster) and the cyclical nature of time (the wheel)."