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Joyce Melander-Dayton: A Mid-Career Retrospective at the Rymer Gallery

The Joyce of Art

Viewers of Melander-Dayton’s mid-career retrospective will likely be impressed by the Santa Fe artist’s range. Finding inspiration in unexpected places, she combines fabric with paint to suggest the unfinished reverse side of a canvas. (“Elegy” uses jute to stand in for a bamboo placemat on a table scene.) Her skill with kinetic, playful, abstract designs has drawn comparison to Vassily Kandinsky — the recent “Allegro Non Troppo” is a lively arrangement of patterned silk discs. And although most of her works have abstract elements, she doesn’t lack the traditional skills of realist painting: “The Little Things” is a precise, luminous depiction of a cluster of silver bells and marbles. This body of work might sound schizophrenic, but to the eye, they’re clearly the product of one bold vision.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: April 6. Continues through April 24, 2010

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