Frances Barth creates radically abstract paintings that defy categorization and suggest narrative, holding mysteries that never fully resolve. “It’s not an overstatement to say that they suggest new possibilities for what abstract painting can encompass in the first part of the 21st century,” critic Karen Wilkin has written of Barth’s works. At once familiar and uncanny, Barth’s compositions fuse elements of diagrams, maps, models, and charts, their swaths of flat color interrupted by lively lines. “The weight of and association attached to every line is considered in exacting detail,” Barth says. “The idea for the painting is based on the premise that something that was there is no longer there.” For the past decade or so, the artist’s paintings have offered the gradual unfolding of an ambiguous, almost geological narrative; though always abstract, her delicate manipulation of color evokes distinct senses of light and place.