The gallery scene, which slows down during the holiday period, revs up next weekend. The following exhibits are among those to occupy you in the meantime.
Rocio Rodriguez. An exemplar of the serious painter, this Atlanta artist has demonstrated throughout her career the rich potential of abstraction, not only as an exploration of form, color, gesture, touch and composition, but also as a means to relate to the (her) world.
In contrast to the spare elegance of her daily drawings, there’s a current of violence, of catastrophe both natural and man-made, in the large and active paintings at Barbara Archer Gallery. Rodriguez brings her dazzling array of marks and forms together into a fragile, tremulous alliance, ever on the verge of fragmentation. In “Crush,” for example, a mass of black lines explodes as it slams into the central form. Anxiety and beauty are fractious bedfellows here. Through January 8. (At left: Rodriguez’s “My Double Life.”)
Charlotte Riley-Webb. Recently refurbished and decked out with holiday decor, Hammonds House Museum and Resource Center of African-American Art is just the setting for Charlotte Riley-Webb’s exuberant paintings, pastels, collages and sculptures. The Atlanta artist is equally comfortable with abstraction, figuration and the continuum between those poles. Her thematic range is similarly broad, touching African-American family life and history, nature and art.
Brilliant color and dynamic rhythms, the DNA of all the work, reach their apogee in the pastels in the back gallery. These dense tapestries of marks, curvaceous planes and passages of dense patterning alluding to African textiles are a sensual delight. Through January 30. (At left: Riley-Webb’s “Continental Divide.”)