Gabert Farrar describes his 11 untitled paintings at Monique Meloche as "removed from their actual subject matter" and "self-referential," yet they convey an idealized essence of urban clutter. All set thick lines against solid-color backgrounds. In one piece two orange lines on a gray field depict a street receding into the distance, though a vertical skein of lines at the right edge of a tree trunk eclipses the vanishing point, replacing the suggestion of infinite space with a hard-to-untangle jumble. A painting with gray lines on yellow (shown here) pivots about a central electric or phone pole, making the surrounding wires and outlined buildings seem like some kind of netting that prevents entry. And a painting with pink lines against pink presents bulky, factorylike facades and roofs that seem almost solid. Here the euclidean shapes of our cities seem to have twisted themselves into almost organic clusters, as if the urban landscape were a living, growing thing. Monique Meloche, 951 W. Fulton, through January 11. Hours are 12 to 7 Tuesday through Friday and 11 to 6 Saturday; 312-455-0299.
Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Chris Strong.