Greg Kucera Gallery Pioneer Square
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Continues through Feb. 17 2018
Recommended by Joule Zelman
In some past exhibitions, Whiting Tennis cleverly introduced abstraction into realistic landscapes by depicting austere architectural structures. His latest show, Drawing Room, is sparer (on monochrome backgrounds) yet more organic. The colors cohabit uneasily, and even the symmetrical designs look unstable. He favors compositions that don't allow the gaze to rest, but jostle it from shape to shape: intestinal tangles, chaotic patchworks, smudgy mazes, indefinable objects in confrontation. But this graphic agitation also appeals to the viewer's sense of play and freedom. Far from severe, the forms he invents are variously insectoid, childlike, flailing, drooping, and prowling.