During quarantine in March, the Virginia-born artist Trudy Benson was in New York, channeling the calamity into large-scale works of aggressive color. She was methodical. Making abstract marks with cut paper, she also sprayed and brushed on paint, layering gestures in free-falling grids. Her patterns, many in geometric shapes, are reminiscent of the Dada artist Jean Arp—to whom she dedicated an asymmetrical grid—as well as artists Stanley Whitney and Elizabeth Murray. With their vibrant patches of oranges, reds, and greens, these paintings reverberate with the dimension of indoor life. They may remind viewers of long days stuck at home, among carpets and quilts. —E.C.
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