In color and in black and white
Up for just a couple more days at the Solomon Dubnick Gallery is a show that exemplifies clear artistic vision. Robin Leddy Giustina, Gwen Manfrin and Barbara Rainforth offer up a batch of work that is varied in style but strong across the board. Giustina loves the human form; her images are filled with them engaged in candid activities. Forms are merely suggested, but they give off an overall sense of movement and light that is convincingly real. Manfrin creates beautifully textured charcoal drawings of pillows that are as haunting as anything by Vija Celmins. Rainforth goes down a different path entirely. After a little time with her brightly colored paintings, one comes to realize that they are not entirely abstract but instead are variations, or impressions, of land. These artists all have a specific idea of what they are trying to get out of the art-making process, and the results are well-articulated. The gallery is located at 2131 Northrop Avenue, just west of Howe Avenue.