Zeitgeist Gallery will be leaving its Hillsboro Village space soon, making room for a building renovation project that’s already under way. The space’s showing of a trio of gallery artists this summer kicked off Zeitgeist’s swan song for 21st Avenue and dominated the season. Zeitgeist’s latest offering raises the bar even higher, bringing the city one of the best shows of 2012. Richard Feaster’s Paintings is as predictably unpredictable as it is thrillingly familiar. In the mid-2000s, Feaster was making lots of canvases utilizing graphite, displaying minimal color. In 2009, I described the artist’s exhibition The High Window in this publication, saying it found the artist “fending off chaotic waves of movement and sharp tangles of color with a straight, studied line that struggles to restore order to his excited, vibrant canvases.” The works from the 2009 exhibit were clearly Feaster’s, but they also represented a daring break from the pieces that preceded them. The artist’s new show, which opened at Zeitgeist earlier this month, looks back while moving forward, incorporating novel materials and textures, resulting in some of the most sculptural surfaces I’ve seen the artist create. But Paintings simultaneously returns to the drip studies and monochrome palettes Feaster explored in earlier works. The exhibit exudes confidence and maturity, and a gorgeous raptor of a painting like “White Eagle” can be forgiven for making the rest of the show feel slightly uneven in its presence.