Mokha Laget, “Capriccio #60” (2020), acrylic gouache on primed linen, 20 x 16 inches
SANTA FE — Mokha Laget: Perceptualism, organized by the Katzen Arts Center at American University, is devoted to the last 10 years of Laget’s wide-ranging practice. The survey of over 40 works includes paintings, drawings, lithographs, bronze sculpture, and — surprisingly — elegant kites, installed overhead, which provide an airy counterpoint to the grounded, earthier works affixed to the gallery walls. Laget, who hails from North Africa and lives and works in Santa Fe, studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington DC, where she aligned herself with members of the Washington Color School, eventually becoming an assistant to painter Gene Davis.
Like Davis and his WCS contemporaries (Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Thomas Downing, Howard Mehring, and Paul Reed) Laget excels at creating an exhilarating unity of paint and substrate, particularly in her geometric shaped paintings, for which she is best known.