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No visible staples. No unstretched canvases. No exposed stretcher bars. No threads of fabric adangle. No apparatuses denuded with certain airs of overtness. No trappings, in other words, of some of Sharon Butler’s more readily familiar tendencies and techniques that have been key to her particular contributions to the New Casualist aesthetic in recent years. Abundant, though, in her very strong solo show of 19 small and medium-size oil paintings at Theodore:Art (through February...
To visit Surface Support, a group exhibition of a meta-mixed-media sort currently on view at Signal Gallery (through August 9th), is to enter a large, mostly dark room, and to be greeted by a rather aesthetically fragmented suite of objects whose carnivalesque cacophonies—visual as well as acoustic—seem to share the common function of shooing you away. Which is to say, they don’t really greet you. Which is to suggest, they don’t really need you....

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