Need one last blast of summer? Grace Short's multimedia works at Drabinsky Gallery are as sparkly and sun-dappled as a Pride parade float.
Working on tall, narrow rectangular panels, Short juxtaposes mandalas and bubbles against polka dots and rings, metallics (mainly tarnished silvers and a shiny tin hue) against bright, creamy dollops of white, egg yolk, and red-wine coloured paint, fine lines and stripe patterns against small blocks and rough, barnyard brushstrokes.
Lined up along the gallery's walls, the free-standing panels reminded me of embroidered scarves, streams bombarded by falling leaves (and midday sun) or picture puzzles tossed into the air. However, don't misread Short's kinetic hand – underneath all the busyness lies a meticulousness that borders on the maniacal, a careful pointillism that would be just as at home in the making of wax-and-dip Easter eggs.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL [Toronto]
September 23, 2011