Start with some black lines drawn on a piece of paper. Cut them up. Rearrange them. Collage the scraps onto canvas and add paint. Voila, art! Sounds simple, right? The type of work that a casual observer might see in a museum and say, "My kindergartner could do that." Except that we'd like to see the kindergartner who could create paintings with the kind of crackling kinetic energy that Judith Foosaner does using that exact collage-and-paint technique. The seven recent paintings the local artist has on display in the show "Breaking and Entering" don't have a lick of color in them beyond black and white, but with that deceptively simple palette, Foosaner crafts abstractions that have the power and flow of Asian calligraphy (one of her major inspirations). The shapes in her pieces Remain and Edge seem to tumble down the length of their tall canvases, picking up speed as they go, while the paintings in the "Breaking and Entering" suite possess an imposing physicality whether on surfaces large or small. With a few very notable exceptions, abstract expressionism has historically been a man's world, but Foosaner carves out a place for herself with work that is reminiscent of the lyricism of another great female abstractionist, Lee Krasner. Like Krasner, Foosaner knows exactly where she wants to put her lines.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: July 7. Continues through Aug. 24, 2012