Kate Roesch at WCC
Another six-print series in blue, green, black, and white centers on a rocklike form. May Rains shows what seems like a foamy waterfall in a green fjord. In Tumble, blue boulders drift upward despite gravity. A particularly pleasing work, Rain Stone, is nothing more than a rectangular black rock in a delicate blue-green mist.
In contrast to several paintings of color blocks such as Island Shadows (left), Untitled: Yellow offers a glowing yellow haze that has an abstract orange bubble and mauve-orange curves and strips suggesting disassembled Chinese calligraphy.
Throughout the gallery, wispy strings of barely readable light green words appear on the walls. They seem to refer to the prints' images of women and girls: "clothes hanging on a line . . . you have no stockings; you keep your knees close together when you stand . . . the green apron . . . I run the brush through her thin brown hair . . . a pin on your dress like an award or badge; did you join a group?" These whispery fragments combine with female images to suggest a sort of echo chamber of memory between mothers and daughters; they'll remain on display through Thursday, May 20.
[Originally published in April, 2004.]