Monochromatic Mania: Myke Venable's Clustered Paintings

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Courtesy Gallery Sonja Roesch
Alizarin Crimson/Red/Rose, 2010

If you're a fan of squares and solid colors, Myke Venable's paintings might be up your alley. The Houston artist paints square canvases and then joins two or three of them together to create abstract compositions. The result looks kind of like those pattern block creations you used to make as a kid. But Venable isn't just playing with blocks; he's making what he calls clustered paintings.

Largely indebted to the De Stijl art movement of the 20th century, Venable's paintings echo the work of neo-plasticist painters Piet Mondrian and Theo van Doesburg. Much like the art that was made almost a hundred years ago, Venable bases his work on color and simplicity of form. But where some may find his paintings to be just more of the same, gallery owner Sonja Roesch feels otherwise.

"These paintings are really something special," Roesch says. She believes Venable's grouping of canvases is a totally new concept that is "unique, revolutionary, and never been done before."

This June, you'll get a chance to see Venable's clustered paintings up close at the Gallery Sonja Roesch.

June 4 through July 30. Tuesday through Saturday,11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Gallery Sonja Roesch 2309 Caroline St. For information, call 713-659-5424 or visit www.gallerysonjaroesch.com. Free.


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