A minute and a half may not seem like a long time when the seconds are measured sequentially. But for artist Mary Norman, a mere 90 seconds can be an eternity. Each of the 90 small paintings in "A Minute and a Half of Summer," the current exhibit at WKNO, represents one second of frozen time, preserving a diverse collection of images from recent summer vacations in New England.
What's most impressive about these 3 1/2-by-6-inch paintings is the range of styles, moods, and perspectives on display. Norman turns vast rural landscapes into bands of color and paints cityscapes with an eye for detail and whimsy. While some moments from this graphic travelogue may resemble one another or rhyme, no two are truly alike.
Each of the dark, slender frames that line the walls of WKNO's big, bright lobby is a fractured window juxtaposing unrelated moments in public and private space. Mysterious portraits give way to unusual still lifes: A figure rests seaside, a bottle of Off bug repellent sits on the shelf. Occasionally, Norman gets cinematic and paints an airplane wing as seen from the passenger's perspective to remind us that we are always in transit.
"A Minute and a Half of Summer: Ninety Miniatures by Mary Norman" at WKNO's Gallery Ten Ninety One. On view through January 17th, when there will be a closing reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.