For painter Carolyn Castaño, the idea of weaving disparate threads together is more than a visual strategy, it is also a complex and nuanced historical commentary. By paring down and recombining elements culled from European and American hard edge abstraction, indigenous Latin American textiles, pre- and post-colonial cartography, and tropes of the “native” among border-blurring botanical biomes, Castaño achieves a perspective that is ambiguously meta, and also quite lovely. Her patterns and images unfurl and intertwine, overlap and surround one another, while her textures vibrate with a vulnerable variegation, fluttering like flags of a parallel nation.

The Lair Gallery, inside Fred Segal, 8500 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood; Sun., June 23, 3-5 p.m.; free.;

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Carolyn Castaño at The Lair Gallery (Courtesy of the artist)

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