Our review of abstract oil paintings by Angela Ruo of Providence at AS220 in Providence:
“Body II” (pictured at top) features bloody horizontal scratches and crusty red bumps that bring to mind berries or scabs. The paintings have a visceral charge with all the reds that drip down like blood, but they feel too pat. The painting “Diversity” stands out with its pale turquoise and rusty browns that look like billowing clouds softly piled one atop the next. The difference between “Diversity” and the other paintings is its air of mystery.
Angela Ruo, AS220′s Main Gallery, 115 Empire St., Providence, Jan. 9 to 29, 2011.