Taira Liceaga's jungle scenes evoke Rousseau or Gauguin: her
vegetation has the same sensual curl, her striking palate is a
near-identical spectrum of greens, purples, blues and yellows. But
Liceaga's women resist the posing of Gauguin's exotic muses, moving
and relaxing (always fully clothed), with a proud, practical energy.
The large figure in "Nocturnal Sway" rocks forward in a hammock, a
symbol for Liceaga of her Puerto Rican roots, and, more personally,
of her childhood play area. The subject is delighted but not
oblivious, her flaring nostrils, big dangling feet and muscular
shoulders dominating her resting place. DAVID BALZER
"Nocturnal Sway" is part of Taira Liceaga's Vaivén/Sway
exhibit at A.W.O.L. 78 Ossington. To Sept. 14. Thu-Sun, noon-7pm.