Review: David Schmitt, Marna Shopoff

"We take comfort in the strength of architecture from the anxieties created by a continuous stream of information," reads Marna Shopoff's artist statement to her new show, and in her painting, "Street Scene," you can speculate on how this idea applies to her work. A building - approximating the Mid-Century modern style - leaps off the canvas's red background; it's slightly blurred, as if you're viewing the building from a moving car.

 

Such cityscapes might indeed be a source of comfort for Shopoff, but given her extraordinary talent as a painter and her ability to incorporate concepts into her work, she doesn't necessarily need the scaffolding of an artistic statement for support.

 

Written by Dan Grossman