Monique van Genderen, “Untitled,” 2009, oil, enamel, alkyd on wood, 72 x 48”.
And you thought no painters ever come out of CalArts--wrong. CalArts alum Monique van Genderen shows very convincing abstract works that remind one of, say, Miro at his loosest, sparest and most evocative. The artist leaves a good portion of each work unmarked and uncolored, such that amoeba-like, tendril-decorated shapes float in or plant themselves firmly upon the open picture plane. The subtle expressive relationships so created arc right back to that lineage of artists able to invoke the quirkily human and the deeply poetic using just organic shapes, dark lines and soft hues.
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