The Bannister’s hallway gallery features Massachusetts painter Marry Bucci McCoy (who teaches at Montserrat College of Art in Massachusetts, where I also happen to teach). She paints acrylic abstractions in moody, narrow ranges of color. For example, So Close (2008) features single daubs of olive green, hot orange, and burgundy on a creamy, rusty pink ground. It’s hyper-conscious, precise action painting — registering the difference between oval daubs and rectangular daubs, between a thinly painted oval and a carefully controlled glop. This carefully considered messiness can feel a might bit finicky, but often it feels just right.

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