Carlos Estrada-Vega: New Paintings
Roy Boyd Gallery, Chicago

The visual dance of colors that marks Carlos Estrada-Vega's gridded abstractions is matched by a complexity of texture. A close look reveals that the bold-hued squares are, in fact, wax-like cubes that rise from the canvas at slightly different heights. As viewers attempt to create mental patterns from the contradictory information they are receiving, the squares of color can seem to pulse with a life of their own. The effect is most notable in a candy-colored construction such as Maria Celeste, but it lends even mostly monotone works, such as the gold-on-gold Mumbai, an exciting unpredictability. 739 North Wells, through Dec. 9.