Character and Direction
at Thompson Giroux Gallery brings together three contemporary artists who use line in their work much the way a character functions in a drama—providing a focus amidst the complexities unfolding all around.
alters the pages of a book--his black and gray lines overlapping, obscuring, enclosing, or underlining parts of the text in an emotional response to language. The printed characters on the page, anchored in history, are challenged and embraced by Bova’s interpretive gestures and propelled forward towards new meanings.
Richly detailed pieces by Licha Jiménez
are a wild synergy of line, color, form, and mood. Lines weave throughout her layered, abstract landscapes, serving as guides from one point to the next and as anchors to return to after wandering off the path to explore her landscape of memory and allusion.
uses clean, hand-painted lines to define nostalgic pop-culture icons, then upends and superimposes these colorful figures until a darker, more complex story emerges. The outlines tangle with each other in unexpected ways, creating abstract spaces that pull and push inside the narrative the artist has set up.
For each of these artists, line sets the stage--acting as a fundamental element within their unique compositions. Tension and transition, impressions and interpretations, are the main characters in this drama--the essence of human behavior.