Angela Kallus’s paintings currently on view at Peter Mendenhall Gallery are a series of circular
images on 53” x 53” canvases over panels. The show is comprised of six exceptionally well crafted works that speak to sculpture as much as they do painting. Five out of the six are fashioned out of large amounts of acrylic paint that have been carefully coaxed into troweled concentric circles on each of the canvases in varying patterns. Each of these pop art-like works have a slightly different color palette - variations of primary colors and sometimes green. “Hudson” and “Roy G. Biv” have a fine mist of yellow, orange or purple color sprayed around the circular edges of the images lending a soft, spiritual quality to otherwise strong symbolic circular sculptural shapes that resemble old school LP records. There is also a visible deliberate mark that has been left where the trowel that Kallus used, can be seen, showing the hand of the artist, in an otherwise somewhat formal, minimal group of paintings. The most compelling piece is called “Fault Line”, which has a myriad of individually created bright red roses in varying sizes. Each rose is a sculptural form unto itself. There is also a curious blue circle that has been very lightly sprayed and super-imposed onto the surface of the roses. There is an overall sensual and sumptuous feeling to Kallus’s canvas works. This exhibition is on view through October 20th.