By Julia Johnson
This exhibition is a pop of color that jumps off the walls and pedestals. One of the first things you notice about the exhibition is its composition of neon blocks of color and lighthearted quirk. But don’t get this exhibition wrong, on further inspection, this exhibition carries a lot of weight with it's intellectual construction, and deep, rich color compositions. The sculptures by Victoria Palermo resemble architecture; you can imagine these sculptures are little modern houses. These pieces point to modern designs, similar to the Rietveld Schröder House, these pieces have bright light infused plains, mostly right angles and sooth, crisp lines. Victoria added a few curve balls to her pieces, for example, artificial turf, a few acute and obtuse angles that slightly kilter the square form. Paired with Ewelina the two make a stunning union.
Ewelina Bochenska's paintings are similar to Victoria's because they are groupings of colorful layers of transparencies on top of one another. The paintings have texture and the strokes define the gesture of her movement. With globs of paint raised off the canvas, Ewelina’s painting has volume and grit to her pieces. Her color pallet consists of deep blue tones and a coral red. Some of her paintings for example, “It Was Evening All Afternoon”, is almost all dark blue, with only slivers of yellow. Upon inspection as you look deeper into the painting you can find the slight differentiation and intricate lines, and larger chucks of color cradling the configuration. Another painting that is quite opposing to the rest of the suit is “Ephemeral”, that is smaller in size, this painting has no blue only light pastel colors. This painting is a small light whisper but stands strong among the bolder pieces. The feeling of her work is a perfected fusion, of color, gesture, and texture.Over all Abstract Assertions is a cohesive blend of bright color, solemn structure, quirkiness, and seriousness, smooth and rough, crisp lines and organic abstractions.