Galleries at the edges of expectation
Summer Wheat explores class with portraits, sculptural installation
Summer Wheat’s portrait paintings at SamsÃ¸n are such a sweet mess it almost doesn’t matter whom they depict. They pulse with gaudy juxtapositions of color, and paint built up and dolloped. Three-dimensional ribbons of the stuff curl over the canvases. Knotted patterns like crochet, applied with a pastry pipette, veil features. The figures are all Frankenstein’s monsters, grotesques electrified to life by paint.