Concurrently, Nancy Monk’s sixth solo show at Craig Krull Gallery, “Black Matter”, equally demonstrates the gallery’s interest in the transformative possibilities of photographic manipulations. The exhibition includes recent paintings on vintage stereoscopic cards, as well as complex, textured collages, and works on delicate paper. In “Fall Road,” the artist paints Aboriginal-like outlines and silhouettes over an image of the Niagara Falls so that the waterfall becomes a tree and boulders become a horse. In other, large-scale works on paper, Monk paints complex, patterned Seussian bouquets that are mesmeric arrangements of positive and negative space. Nancy Monk’s playfully inventive approach is characterized by an almost obsessive enchantment with ornamentation and design, as well as an imaginative freshness in the combination of materials.