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Aaron Morse at Acme: Paintings of sublime worlds gone wrong
Aaron Morse at Acme: Paintings of sublime worlds gone wrong

Aaron Morse’s new paintings suggest, ever so subtly, that something has gone god-awfully wrong with the world we live in. The elusiveness of the problem intensifies the strength of Morse’s user-friendly pictures, not to mention their emotional impact and intellectual heft. At Acme, every one of the L.A. painter’s 10 variously sized canvases, painted with oil and acrylic (often in the manner of watercolors), is as easy to read as the illustrations that fill 19th and 20th century encyclopedias, particularly those focused on flora and fauna, as well as weather systems and travel to far off lands. Seven are cinematic landscapes, seascapes and skyscapes. The seascapes...

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