MARK WETHLI at Red Flagg

Mark Wethli, Westfield, 2009, 40 x 30 inches, acrylic on wood panel

I just encountered the work of Mark Wethli on Kate Beck's blog (thanks Kate). He is showing a group of mostly small paintings on found wood panels. The configurations are beautifully direct improvisational responses to the format, the surfaces are activated by the scars of their previous utilitarian existence, and the colors reference the folk art tradition -- an interesting hybrid. At Red Flagg Gallery in Chelsea through May 16.