Rose Olson’s Exhibit in The Boston Globe

December 23, 2011

December 21 review of exhibit at the Kingston Gallery by Cate McQuaid of The Boston Globe

Mesmerizing colors
Boston painter Jennifer Moses spent a year at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in New Mexico. Her new show at Kingston Gallery spotlights work she did there. The paintings teem with color, concentric lines, amoeba-like forms, and beams that radiate outward from the center. She populates “Spiderman’s Elbow’’ with striated puddles of colors that conjoin and wheel over the surface, bobbling over gray rays and bumping into loops. There’s a spinning quality to most of these works, a motion that never stops, but it’s not dizzying – it’s both expansive and centering.

Also up at Kingston, Rose Olson offers nuanced, luminous paintings on wood veneer, mounted on boxes that stand off the wall. Olson layers one transparent color over another. The wood grain remains visible, but showered with light. I especially like the pieces in which the color shifts are almost imperceptible, such as “Come and Go,’’ featuring broad bands of two pinks. She also uses straps of distinctively different color to contain areas of translucence – “Moving Mist’’ has thin bands of yellow and orange. But it’s the evanescent veils of hues that – like Kun’s references to the Hudson River School – evoke the sublime.