From my review of Sheila Gallagher at Judi Rotenberg Gallery:
Sheila Gallagher of Jamaica Plain presents her first Boston exhibition since she showed at the Institute of Contemporary Art as one of the finalists for its 2006 Foster Prize. Gallagher is known for technical feats in multiple media — her ICA show included paintings made from smoke, a video, and (my favorite piece in that show) a wall of live flowers, with built-in irrigation, that vaguely formed a picture of a cloud and grandly evoked the particularly middle-class sublime of wedding corsages and trickling desktop Zen fountains. Here she offers new paintings of a horseshoe crab and a sea urchin made by staining the canvases brown, blue, black, and green with smoke...Read the rest here.
Sheila Gallagher, Judi Rotenberg Gallery, 130 Newbury St., Boston, Feb. 5 to March 1, 2009.
Pictured from top to bottom: Sheila Gallagher, “Daily Calendar Mandala,” 2009; “Sea Urchin,” 2009; “Horseshoe Crab,” 2009; “SOS,” 2009, all courtesy of Judi Rotenberg Gallery.