All of Thomas Nozkowski’s small abstract paintings are rooted in real life experiences. Memories take the form of color and shape; sounds and smells morph into patterns and silhouettes; images become color; flashbacks produce composition. By limiting himself to his signature 16 x 20-inch format, the subconscious becomes condensed and intensified; information gets transferred. There is nothing avant-garde in this approach, of course, yet each of Nozkowski‘s small gems trigger an emotional response that is deeply individual. Clarity of form, a superb sense of color and breathtaking plays with figure and ground place Nozkowski into the rare league of artists that transform the art of looking into an act of pure pleasure and delight. At Pace Gallery through February 17.