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LINEAR LANGUAGE   
at Mary Tomas Studio Gallery through march 25
by Todd Camplin

surprises of their own.  For a variety of reasons, I usually miss Mary Tomas Studio Gallery when I visit
galleries, but I am glad I didn’t skip this month, because the show “Linear Language,” was worth
seeing.  Three out of the six artists showing impressed me with their dynamic works, so I had to
write about the show.
was stopped in my tracks by the John Borys paintings I saw from the window. Those wide lines
of color flowed over cloudy white background and compelled me to insist the doors be open
for closer inspection. Lucky, I was let in to see several more works by Borys. I enjoy how his lines
are concealed and revealed through his use of composition and painting style. Rectangles
split the organic lines into individual colorful shapes. Other times Borys paints over the curving
lines, while allowing the image to bleed through the white paint. The paintings in this show seem
like a mix of planning and improvisation. John Borys and I showed together during the last East
Austin Studio Tour, but that was a different body of work. You might say he was more like Brice
Marden, but when I showed with him I would say his work looked more extremely improvised
with less direct comparison to any other artist I could think of right now.
John Borys - Behind The Veil 72 x 65 in
work more colorful and Rachofsky’s sculptures more commanding. Rachofsky’s objects captivated
me and made me linger. These were simple objects made complex with zigzag patterns worming
up the structures. The pyramid made you constantly address its presence. I guess the eye candy
colors attracted me like a bee to a flower and I got no negative charge from the sculpture.
Dallas’ MADI Museum has a piece by Rachofsky in their permanent collection of course.  
Blair Vaughn-Gruler paintings were very loose with reference to hard drawn geometry, but she
paints these objects in a kind of state of decay or softening. Her backgrounds are like primordial
ooze giving nutrient to her organic/geometric shapes. Vaughn-Gruler, like Borys tends to let lines
fade into the background, only her approach is more subtle and gradual. Her pallet is muted
where the paint takes on some characteristics of a drawing. The blurred out areas feel like smug
marks and the lines of the objects are crude like a sketch.
Morton Rachofsky - Untitled
Blair Vaughn Gruler - Emergent Geometry - 36 x 48 in
Lara who is showing some expressionist paintings and their host Mary Tomás. Don’t skip out on
Mary Tomas Studio Gallery this month. These six artists will be showing until March 25th.
Aubree Dale - Untitled 3