Lucas Moran at Buia

Lucas Moran

Lucas Moran - Detail

Splashy spontaneity vies with nerdy control (e.g., outlining splashes) in these large-ish paintings--the untitled one above is 76 x 84 inches. The graffiti influence isn't on the surface of the work but in its guts. At times the paintings appear to be the product of group activity--this decentered, authorless quality isn't a flaw but what gives the art its poMo frisson. The air of total random street accident is hard to achieve, and the work vacillates between sense and meaninglessness in a good way. Every inch of every canvas receives some surface consideration--it might be good to see some spaces where absolutely nothing is happening. Exhibition details at ArtCal. Through October 20.