Adirondack chairs are the furniture of New England. Its hard to see them as anything other than comfort and the outdoorsunless, that is, youre looking at James Chutes Adirondack chairs. Then things go a little haywire, because theres no relaxing to do in Chutes furniture. These chairs careen into the ground, follow one another like lemmings into the lake, and just plain throw themselves upside-down into a field, as if having given up. Witness the familiar becoming its other. This is comic when it happens with an object so recognizable as your neighbors deck chair, but it is also serious. And Chute is very much into its serious side, as his abstract paintings attest. These black-white-and-red canvases, each covered with just a few simple swipes of the paint brush, aim to do something very much like what those Adirondack chair sculptures do, but through an opposite tactic, by using the unfamiliarthe abstractto give a new and direct experience. Whats ironic is how much more difficult this can be for the viewer. And not just because of that old joke, whats black and white and red all over. Or read all over. Though thats part of it, of course. Were so much more used to the thing that has been read all over, we hardly know where to begin with something that hasnt.