Laurie Danial returns to Froelick Gallery with an exhibition of recent paintings titled Dead Reckoning. This form of navigation by feel is an apt metaphor for the process she employs in creating a painting from beginning to end- she works on each composition bit by bit, allowing for improvisation and surprise, for corrections large and small. These surfaces are a repository for her daily aesthetic experience- while essentially abstract, these works contain cartographic, architectural or decorative elements alongside fresh, intuitive markmaking, and suggestions of the botanical or anatomical. Grand swaths of bright color abut gestural pools of murky brushstrokes, while irregular latticed structures overlay thin washes of light hues, providing a frosted window view into the depths of the paintings' prior incarnations. This painstaking and at times challenging route to completion yields works that are complex, cohesive and rewarding to the viewer.