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Abstract painter Sean Scherer finds the sources for the complex geometric patterns of his recent work in many places, from Islamic tiles to the now-defunct super graphics of malls and airports.

Scherer was, for many years, involved in making paintings based on the Russian constructivists, those idealistic artists of pre-Stalin days who saw in abstract painting a universal language that would speak to all people. But he gave this source a slight but unexpected emphasis that renewed for our time what was essentially one of modern art's used-up geometries. Now working with recently fashionable design, he does a similar thing, turning common patterns into something almost precious and anything but ordinary.

"Sean Scherer, Works on Paper" is currently on view at the Nina Freudenheim Gallery, 140 North St., Lenox Hotel, a venue that has shown his work in the past. The exhibition continues through Oct. 12. Call 882-5777.

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