April 1, 2012
THE HUFF POST ARTS
YVETTE GELLIS, Sylmar, 2011, Mixed media on canvas, 108 x 168 inches
427 North Camden Drive, Beverly Hills
Through Aug. 27.
HAIKU REVIEW: Yvette Gellis determines an unsettling condition in her paintings, one in which a clearly urban environment becomes so taken up by its own dynamism that it begins to disintegrate. Perceived space warps in and out, elements of architecture and function become vehicles for disorientation, and the world becomes a fever dream at once exhilarating and frightening, a continual cascade through light, paint, and maddeningly familiar but never clear form. Dependent on the brushstroke, on purely structural terms Gellis' work is almost abstract expressionist; lord knows there are enough passages of pure painterly virtuosity. But the representational - specifically urban - references are so insistent, and the rendition of depth so convincingly vertigo-inducing, that it's impossible to describe these often huge canvases as "abstract" at all. Whatever else they are, they are quite a ride - and not only for the eyes.