Get into ‘scape
As evidenced in his oil paintings at the B. Sakata Garo gallery, 923 20th Street, Ryan Reynolds finds fascination with typically mundane urban features. Under his brush, construction sites, electrical wires and seafaring vessels mutate into curious abstractions or trip the senses. “Ships February 21” offers ships paused at long docks, delineating and piercing a blue expanse in a painterly way that’s initially reminiscent of Wayne Thiebaud. But you have to work to pick the imagery out of the abstract. “Wires” makes you feel cross-eyed or like you’re looking through a very shaky camera lens; Reynolds has captured an almost vibrating movement on the canvas—you can practically hear the electricity buzzing through the lines. In his oil and chalk “Yellow Bumps,” he takes something as casual as a walking surface and injects a tactile feel. The sun bouncing off metal girders makes you squint in “Glare.” Through September 30. For more information, call (916) 447-4276.