November 28, 2006
An LA painter with a New York School heart, Pamela Jorden is among those young artists making works that are meant to be enjoyed for what they are. Traditional formal devices (composition, perspective, chiaroscuro) are given a new life with a recklessly colorful palette. The show's biggest piece (the works are all untitled) recalls a de Chirico landscape; a long wall of reds, blues, and greens recedes to a vanishing point at the center of the canvas. The pockets of painterly intensity are separated from those of subtlety, as in a smaller square canvas, which is three-quarters black on black, with a messy series of blues, greys, and whites bleeding from the top-right corner.