Deborah Oropallo mixes nostalgic and instructive texts gleaned from disparate sources -- magic manuals, folklore, children's games, alphabet rhymes, and historical events -- to remind us of humankind's collective optimism, our sheer will to survive through resourcefulness and steadfast determination. Recognized for her virtuosity in handling paint, Oropallo produces canvases with a mesmerizing quality. They are also . . .

photo: Michael Goldin
In painting, there is a continuous thread of revelation. . . . the longer you look at one object, the more of the world you see in it.1