by Kenneth Baker, San Francisco Chronicle
Kimetha Vanderveen's work, on the third floor, embodies the paradox of aesthetic power achieved with apparently minimal effort.
Paintings on panel such as "Winter" (2011) or "Lifting" (2011) look breathed into being. Their gray on gray surfaces appear so nuanced as to court dismissal - even disposal - by anyone who values observation too little.
The defenseless quality of Vanderveen's work shows differently in her drawings, where ink strokes accumulate with apparent confidence, yet refuse us the obvious satisfactions of imagery. Meridian has justly honored her with a handsome publication of drawings, "From the Devotion Folio."