Common Origins, the October exhibit opening at Modern Arts Midtown features Jacqueline Kluver and Larry Roots, sister and brother. Both artists share the commonality of working abstractly and of starting directly on each canvas, “following the paint” in the development of their work. Both also focus on color as their main vehicle of expression.
Kluver’s approach is to use acrylics to investigate design possibilities in a patchwork/mosaic style from an aerial perspective. The smaller size of the many explorations of her pieces, called “bits” may well appeal to local collectors.
It’s fun to study the gorgeous color combinations and the huge array of interacting shapes and harmonies in each piece. Her work may also be more accessible to observers because of the focus remaining on design.
Because of the advantage of blending attributes and color layering possibilities with oil paint, Root’s large works in this show promise to have moved to a much more expressive level. The colors can stay mute, can sing, can slip forward and back as directed by this artist, achieving the often phantom and elusive goal of timeless art—
“Common Origins,” will open Friday, Oct. 2, from 6-8 p.m. This is a show to see.