In her 13 luminous abstract paintings at Byron Roche, Rebecca Shore applied egg tempera paint in translucent layers, “each modifying the previous ones.” In 2003 #25 the main blue gray field glows with the red below it, which can be seen plainly where she’s cut vertical curvy lines across the painting. Irregular clusters of hexagons sit over these lines, creating decorative patterns that are dynamic enough to undercut any sense of austerity. 2003 #21 is bright red with thin groups of concentric white circles whose centers are connected by zigzagging lines. Some of the dots at the circles’ centers are larger than others–irregularities that hint at messiness and inject a bit of antiminimalist humor. The white wavy lines in 2004 #3 converge in groups of twos at hexagons that are marked with a faint and irregular light gray. At first these paintings seem to declare their minimalist purity, but they soon reveal that they’re down-to-earth explorations of the sensual possibilities of paint. Byron Roche, 750 N. Franklin, through July 2. Hours are 11 to 6 Tuesday through Saturday; 312-654-0144.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photo/Fred Camper.