McLaughlin is known for densely composed nature-based abstractions made up of a riot of shapes inspired by plants, rocks, clouds and other natural objects and carried out in bold colors. All of these characteristics are in the political works, but he’s added some unexpected dystopian content. One such painting, “Field of Dreams,” is a take-off on the American flag, with stripes running across the top half and a grid of stars hanging below. But there are also passages that suggest urban grit, and, more pointedly, shapes evocative of members of the KKK. Even more surprising, coming from McLaughlin, are the grotesque masks he hung in association with the political paintings.
Taiko Chandler. A printmaker, Chandler has been exploring how to break out of the medium's structure, and has done so by creating installations made up of gigantic prints, notably “Flowing,” an enormous wall piece done in monotype on Tyvek. It takes an unusual form, kind of like an island, with jagged edges and pierced portions, and it rises up off the wall in a complex lumps-and-hollows surface effect. For the monotype printing, Chandler has used a range of rich, dark blues that results in a luxurious appearance. It’s clearly one of the high points of Alternative Facts.
Diane Cionni, who specializes in works whose compositions are created out of colliding and overlapping patterns, both geometric, with linear solids like pyramids, and organic, like honeycombs. These patterns are individually articulated and come together to form the abstractions. An interesting feature of these works is the way Cionni has defined an inner framework within the pictures in which most of the visual material is held in check, but with a stray element violating it here and there. Cionni uses ink, polymers and copperplate printing to make these exquisitely crafted works on paper.
Alternative Facts closes on August 12 at Space Gallery, 400 Santa Fe Drive. Call 303-993-3321 or visit Space Gallery online.