Parsing The Unseen

Gloria Kestenbaum reviews “Beyond the Surface,” Leah Raab‘s solo show at the Creative Soul Gallery in Brooklyn.

Raab… Her most recent works, expressionist in nature, reflect the conflict ever present in Israel but especially fearsome in recent months. The “Playground” paintings portray children playing or hiding –- the brightly colored oils at first mask the frightening subject matter –- in the playground’s cement pipes, makeshift shelters, while unspecified hazard threatens from without. In another group, children ride a monster slide, whose gawping mouth spews bodies, willy-nilly, a nightmare parading as entertainment. Danger lies in wait in the most benign venues…

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