The chaotic bending and dipping of telephone poles and wires, sloping of shabby chain-link fences, swaying of construction cranes, arching girders and shadows of a highway underpass, rain-mottled tiles on a flat rooftop, brightly colored bravado of graffiti, rusty surfaces of abandoned trains, and slivers of cloud-dappled skiesthese are the parts of the urban landscape that arent designed to be seen. Yet in Todd Gordons paintings, theyre instantly recognizable. The Brooklyn-based artist uses representation to convey a sense of place: His compositions are elongated rectanglessometimes six or eight times as long as they are highthat use extended space to make alleyways and abandoned lots seem alive with motion. Also on display are works by Julyan Davis, an English-born artist who paints landscapes to similarly arresting effect, bringing hushed beauty to subjects like a motel pool in winter or an old car parked on a rain-wet street.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Oct. 6. Continues through Oct. 31, 2009