Robert Bechtle's paintings don't make sense, but they don't make sense in a different way than you're thinking. Lots of artists use abstraction, or shocking subjects, or even controversial materials in their work, and their canvases or what-have-you are confusing. But his watercolors of suburban street scenes don't make sense solely because they're so beautiful. Why should a station wagon with woodgrain panels be poignant? What bizarre combination of ironclad technique and genuine, maybe even misplaced, love of station wagons with woodgrain panels ferments in the mind of Robert Bechtle? Why should the twisted, leaking hose on the sidewalk slay us so? It doesn't make sense. His new exhibit, Watercolors & Drawings, runs concurrently with "Ken Graves," a collection of new, clever collage work.
Watercolors & Drawings and Ken Graves continue through Nov. 27.
Oct. 27-Nov. 27, 2010