Abstract art dances across the wall at Kish Gallery in Columbia

  • "Spooky" by Adam Zynger.
"Spooky" by Adam Zynger. (Submitted photo )
March 14, 2013|By Mike Giuliano

The exhibit "Arcane Convergence" brings together two artists whose shared abstract orientation merits the show's title. Fortunately, Linda Trope and Adam Zynger both create artwork that is easy to approach at the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House.

Trope's mixed media works on paper actually do incorporate representational figures and recognizable landscapes, but they're so spare and stylized that you should not expect anything specific by way of biography and geography.

Instead, you'll constantly encounter lithe dancers whose gently curving bodies and limbs are painted with such zestfully assertive colors as pink and purple. These dancers placed against grid-patterned backdrops make it fair to consider Trope's approach in terms of geometric abstraction. Some of the grids also support schematic circular forms that would not be out of place in an astronomy textbook; and some of the grids are placed in front of idealized landscapes in the background.

Although the dancers essentially are reduced to the arcing lines made by their extended limbs and hence can't be said to have individual identities, they clearly seem like people who have studied classical ballet. The single dancer in "On Point" has outstretched limbs that would please a ballet teacher, and the two dancers in "Symmetry in Balance" definitely have stage presence.

The earth and, for that matter, the heavens also are part of the pictorial equation in such works as "Dance of the Spheres," in which three dancers are backed by a grid and also by a sky containing six suns; and "Moon Magic," which presents five dancers backed by vertical bands and also by multiple moons.

Sinuous movement isn't just an attribute of classical dancers, of course, so it's fitting that hipster figures strut in the foreground and skyscrapers loom in the background in "Night Walk on the Town" and "Jive Walk."

Although Trope stops short of painting conventional landscapes to back up her dancers, she does have a few works in which the landscapes are more or less realistic. In "Breaking Dawn Over Wellfleet Marsh," the wood dock and lush marsh seem pretty straightforward; however, your imagination is free to make what it will of the five silhouetted dancers jumping over the yellow sun on the horizon. And "Apple Picking in Carolina Woods" is a convincing orchard that happens to include nine dancers moving around and metaphorically merging with the tree trunks.

Also exhibiting is Adam Zynger, whose fractal ink-jet prints and acrylic paintings are abstractions whose stylistic influences include mathematically derived crystalline structures, geometric abstraction and organic shapes.

A few of his pieces bear at least a slight resemblance to Trope's art. Zynger's fractal ink-jet print "Ancient Sun," for instance, places that astronomical orb against a grid-patterned arrangement of smaller orbs. There's also a strong reliance on a gridded structure in the fractal ink-jet print "Lattice."

His output achieves various effects that range from the wavy blue lines in the fractal ink-jet print "Step-Down" to the mostly yellow brushwork vigorously applied to the canvas in the triangular-shaped acrylic paintings "Yellow Flow 1" and "2."

There's visually a lot of melting and melding going on here. In fact, it seems fitting to describe the swirling shades of pink, green and yellow as being psychedelic in the fractal ink-jet print "Pure Love."

Linda Trope and Adam Zynger exhibit through April 13 at the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, in Wilde Lake Village Center, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, in Columbia. Call 410-730-3987.

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