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Review: Marna Shopoff, 'Structured Essence'

Marna Shopoff is moving in an increasingly abstract direction these days, at least in comparison to the work she had on display back in April at the Harrison Center for the Arts’ Gallery #2, which focused on architectural subject matter.


That focus is still there, as in “The Bathtub” (mixed media) which depicts the original construction pit for the World Trade Center (although abstracted to the point you would never guess this reference by looking at it). Even more abstracted is the painting “Complementary Exchange," the title of which refers somewhat obliquely to the complementary colors used in its composition: orange and blue. Human forms are suggested under the layers of paint cover up what was once a depiction of an airport waiting lounge (based on a photo reference).


Written by Dan Grossman