Big bang effects

On View



Ring, 2013, oil/acrylic on canvas

courtesy of the artist

Is this imagery that you would see through a powerful microscope or a powerful telescope? The colors and shapes are probably more fantastic than could be viewed through device, but they do suggest either molecular or celestial activity.

Spectacular for both their large size and luminous colors, David Mann’s oil and acrylic on canvas paintings seem to explode from within. Small abstract shapes move outward from a core of intense light and color, creating suppressed and exciting energy. Emerald dissolves into black in Century, while deep, blood-red tones fade to fleshy pinks in Ring. It is pure pleasure to view these works; they are vividly reminiscent of a time when what a painter could do with his physical media really mattered.

Mann is a New York-based artist who received his MFA from the University at Buffalo in 1976. See his paintings at Nina Freudenheim Gallery through June 7, with an opening reception on April 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.

—Elizabeth Licata

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