‘The Conditions Were Just Right’ at World’s Fair (The Providence Phoenix, 03/13/13)
“Navigation Paintings,” curated by Marcel McVay at Yellow Peril Gallery (60 Valley St, Providence, through March 17), features the work of Michael Childress of Amherst, Massachusetts. These canvases are part-abstraction, part-stylized realism, part-vectors and diagrams, part-David Hockney, and part-metaphysical third-eye visions.
Some just feel hokey — like Dark Phenomena, which looks like a Monet water lily painting that was spun in a blender. But things snap into place in Plane Ascension, a DayGlo camouflage pattern of orange, green, and yellow. Atop floats a geometric design of white lines seeming to diagram an office building or modernist stairwell, but the design keeps turning inside out like an optical illusion and dispersing into just lines.