Carol Mangan

In a region where figuration and funk have long held sway, it's hard not to curious when a gallery that leans towards those genres decides to unveil an exhibit of nearly ninety abstract works by six artists. Though the show carries no discernable theme other than what's indicated by the title, it hits most bases implied by the designation : works that are loosely representational, non objective, quasi-figurative and non representational. What we get is the equivalent of six one person shows from artists who vary dramatically in sensibility and maturation.

Carol Mangan's work stands out. She submits five large scale ( 5' x 8' feet) acrylic on paper paintings mounted on wood which is set in thick frames - a device that reflects the monumentality of her subject ( the five elements)

and the project that inspired them ; clearing a tract of wilderness to build a home and studio.

The endeavor necessitated a deep immersion in nature, and the transforming effect of that labor is evidenced in dense, ethereal, Asian - influenced landscapes. They are the product of years of experimentation of pouring paint onto wet paper and cataloguing the multitude of effects that could be repeated successfully. Mangan relies equally on loose, flowing brush stokes which, when combined with process "accidents", produce slow, meditative works whose smoky atmospherics draw you into serene places where you want to take up residence.