Art in focus: Mason Saltarrelli

The H Street arts and entertainment district has a new art gallery: Randall Scott Projects. The second-floor gallery opened this month with "Golden Cacti," an exhibition of abstract paintings on paper by New York-based artist Mason Saltarrelli.

Saltarrelli uses a vocabulary of obscure mark-making that ranges from seemingly random dots and slashes of spray paint to scribbled text and such symbols as a crucifix. Although they were all painted in 2012, the pictures appear to be of indeterminate age, based on what look like ancient water stains.

The artist is interested in spirituality, and it shows, albeit subtly. Themes of mortality, war and faith blow through his paintings, like a faint breeze.

Read my review, and check out a selection of images from the show in the gallery above.

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