Viewers of Melander-Daytons mid-career retrospective will likely be impressed by the Santa Fe artists 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 doesnt 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, theyre clearly the product of one bold vision.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: April 6. Continues through April 24, 2010