The work of Karen Hubacher and Tory Cowles is a study of complementary contrasts: Hubacher is meticulous and contained, her color palette muted and soothing and almost Southwestern. Cowles is playful and loose, her colors bright but also tempered by a fair amount of black and white. The common thread in their paintings is delineated geometry. Hubacher lists Mondrian as one of her favorite artists, and his influence is evident in her use of lines and rectangles. Her penchant for detail sometimes gets the best of her, though—Vernal Syntax No. 4 is a rather busy collections of small, highly textured boxes that lack hierarchy and a place for the eye to rest. Cowles is bolder—her whimsical brush stokes and crayon box palette befits the large scale of her work. She frequently incorporates bits of fabric into her canvasses, used to particularly good effect in 551, her painted gumball polka dots echoing the dotted fabric scraps.
The exhibition is on view Wednesday to Saturday from noon to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. To June 20 at Gallery Plan B, 1530 14th St. N.W. Free.