October 22, 2009

Robin Mitchell: Where ordinary language is difficult


Robing Mitchell, "RM 08 10,"  2008, gouache on paper, 24 x 18"

Robin Mitchell is having her second solo show at Craig Krull Gallery in Santa Monica this month. Obsessive, detailed and intimate, the richly colorful marks of Mitchell’s intricately layered paintings suggest plant forms or other microscopic shapes laid out in symmetrical patterns. As Constance Mallinson observed in Art in America, “the shapes are archetypal and recall forms from Egyptian hieroglyphics and stylized decorative borders, Eastern mandalas, early modernist abstraction or popular 50s design motifs.” Mitchell's paintings, while introspective, demonstrate spiritual associations between the natural world and human nature. The works presented at Craig Krull are a conceptual extension of her previous paintings which explored the ways in which codes, used for converting information from one form into another, are particularly useful where ordinary language is difficult.

"Robin Mitchell: Paintings," Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. Through Nov. 21, 2009.