Saturday, December 8, 2012

Enso Group Exhibition Takes Tiny Wonderful to Next Floor

Posted By on Sat, Dec 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM


Heavy security plates guard the lock to Enso Artspace's front door, and if there weren't a sign on 38th Street indicating that a gallery was open somewhere inside the tall, whitewashed Garden City building, Enso would be easy to miss. From the outside, it looks like a storage unit.

From the inside, Enso's an exercise in contrasts. With its high ceiling, enamel-white walls and mezzanine, it's still a storage unit, but one richly decorated with art from the likes of Chris Binion, Cate Brigden, Michael Cordell and others. Some of that art is explosively colorful or compellingly moody.

The same can be said about its latest group show, Tiny Wonderful, which hangs through January.

Anna Ura's watercolors on paper, Small Road Series 1-12, invoke drizzly, foggy days in the Cascade Mountains, like 12 little windows that opened to a world far from Enso or even Idaho. Christine Raymond's series of nine acrylic and gold leaf paintings, Puzzle, pop out from the wall in heavy units of auric color.

Far from adding depth to the gallery, some pieces explore inner space. "Internal Coaster Form" by Amy Westover, a bleached, severed amoeba of a sculpture, questions the distinction between fluidity and rigidity.

From the profundity of the contrast between Enso's suburban exterior and rich interior, to the breadth of the art on display, the experience of the Tiny Wonderful exhibition draws its force from tensions and petit deceptions

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