Laura Owens makes art that requires physical context. Her multi-panel paintings explore the relationship between the part and the whole; other groupings play with memory as it pertains to narrative or form; still others are set in specific architectural settings. Her gallery shows are usually carefully curated exhibitions that demand active viewer participation and question visual flow and perception not just within individual works but also in the group dynamics of paintings vis a vis the gallery space. Architecture and its painterly tentacles are omnipresent in Owens’ oeuvre. Her technical proficiency in a dazzling range of media is astounding. Ranging from intricate collages and needlepoint layered with thick impasto, to detailed drawings and screen-printing, Owens never loses sight of spacial relationships that consider perspective, proportion, balance, texture, and shape. At The Whitney through February 4.