Three of a kind
There are three great things about JayJay. First, the space: Last year, the gallery moved into a great old building in East Sacramento, at 5520 Elvas Avenue, which contains a warm, open, well-lit and very well-designed contemporary interior. Second, the relaxed pacing of its shows: Instead of one show per month, JayJay gives viewers more time to enjoy its exhibits by scheduling shows to last for around two months. And third, the work. It’s simply top-notch. Take the current show, Three Ways, which runs through December 20 and features new abstract work by Mary Cole, Susan Keizer and Sandy Parris. Cole’s paintings are lush, almost monochromatic images, saturated with bright colors that evoke light and depth. Most of Keizer’s pieces are energetic black-and-white washes, but her strongest pieces are her monotypes, which display a clearer manifestation of her process. Parris draws influence from cave paintings and creates images that take simple mark-making to a more layered and thought-provoking end. Altogether, the three make a good pair with the gallery.