After All That: Paintings by Shawn Causey 

Wug Laku's Studio and Garage

Three stars

In Shawn Causey's abstract paintings on display at Wug's, there's a sense of rhythm and flow, an understanding of how colors relate to one another, and what appears to be a depth of field effect which has a lot to do with her process of vertical layering of acrylic and/or oil based paints. In the title piece "After All That," you see all of these things on display. "I like strong color," says Causey, "I like getting the right balance of color and form." To achieve such balances, she places some horizontal bars of paint across the vertical striping; these bars may make you think of musical time signatures. That Causey would employ such brushstrokes is not particuarly surprising; she has a degree in music from Butler (as well as a degree in design from Herron) and she teaches piano. But some of her work seems to be as much about stasis as about rhythm--the equivalent of a feeling of stillness you might encounter outside on a late winter day. In "Early Thaw I" (acrylic on canvas) you see vertical stripes of white and yellow and, in the dead center of the painting, there is a tiny dab of pink, like a bud about to flower. Through July 30; 317-270-8258,

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