Marcelyn McNeil's inaugural exhibition at Anya Tish Gallery, Lemonworld, presents McNeil's newest series of large-scale abstract oil paintings. Some critics have found the works forming a balance between biomorphic and geometric forms.
Her amassing of forms allows her final product to appear sculpturally built while still maintaining its two-dimensional properties. McNeil's paintings are developed through a process of pouring several thin layers of paint that are corralled into a desired form; prominent geometric figures begin to emerge along with "happy accidents" such as drips, bleeding and soiling. Her bulbous shapes and bold compositions have been compared to those of Dorothy Hood and her use of the accidental has been likened to the sensibility of Robert Motherwell.
McNeil moved to Houston not long after receiving her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously, she had been awarded a BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon. Her works are a part of numerous public and private collections, such as the Emprise Bank and Harvard House at Harvard University.
On view through May 25.