Seascapes

By KEN GREENLEAF  |  July 9, 2008

The small oil "Singular Rock, Monhegan" points to the "Fissures" series of monoprints. In "Fissures #5" an angular colored mass fills the picture and is overlaid with dark lines that seem to be fissures in the rock. "Fissures #6" has a similar, but differently colored mass and is overlaid with the same pattern of lines, as near as I can tell. She has identified parts of the scene on the island that she finds most resonant, and made pictures of them. The rocks and fissures strike a chord she shares with her viewers.

To some degree Prellwitz and Torlen are on either side of the modernist continental divide. For Torlen, the implied narration is the central theme of the painting, and he deploys his impressive skills it its service. For Prellwitz, the work of art itself is the subject of the enterprise, and we don’t need to know its sources in order for it to engage our attention.

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