By Cate McQuaid | Globe Correspondent
April 18, 2012
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At NAGA, Peri Schwartz has a deft painting show. She maps her works onto a grid, so at first glance they appear flat, gestural, and purely abstract. But look again: It's a studio space. In "Studio XXVII", she paints a worktable to the right in pale green that suggests reflective steel or glass. A black table, further back, is stacked with verticals — perhaps the spines of books. A passage of red may be a canvas resting against the wall. Each gesture, each block of color is like a playing card in the house of cards that is this space. One shift, and the scene threatens to collapse delightfully into abstraction.