NORTH SWELL

Aaron Parazette develops hard-edged, abstract paintings around the letters of surfing terms. The letters of surfing terms like "spinner" and "boink" are stretched, condensed, overlapped and rearranged into elegant, and generally unreadable, compositions. His shaped canvase paintings recall the work of Ellsworth Kelly and Robert Mangold, albeit with a highly keyed-up palette and on a more intimate scale. Like these artists, Parazette's works are self-contained worlds. Planes of colors, arranged in grids or concentric circles, are cropped by the edges of the unusually shaped supports. They are often continued on contiguous canvases, as if these diptychs or triptychs were removed from some larger whole.