The simplicity of Linda Stark's paintings belie their meticulous construction. Using tiny brushes, she builds layers of oil paint into graphical images rich with ridged patterns, textures, and sculptural effects. Although her paintings are sometimes laced with humor, any irony quickly yields to their earnest, almost obsessive, construction.
Calvin Ross Carl works at the intersection of legibility and illegibility. His paintings feature thick ropes of paint methodically built into graphically flat images of words or simple icons.