June art picks
Bay Area-based Sarah Ratchye’s paintings often feature an astronaut in a space suit, pleasingly rendered and sometimes surrounded by, not too surprisingly, negative space. But other times, the spaceman is in the midst of what seems like, at first glance, visual non sequiturs. The optical cacophony is reminiscent of a Gary Pruner painting: colorful, collagelike and sexual. That paired with Ratchye’s incorporation of disembodied body parts—lips, bare breasts—results in an aggressive collision of images in a climatic moment.