You just want to dive into these lusciously fluid paintings by Bassmi Ibrahim, part of a series now on view at the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art. Bassmi uses a technique called stain painting, in which colors are absorbed into a canvas instead of sitting on top of it. It's sort of like a wash. And it can look really wishy-washy in the wrong hands. • But Bassmi is a master of stain painting, manipulating his colors so that they blend when they should and stay separate and distinct when they also should. The effect is that of a blown-up view of a flower or a microscopic particle. • You don't need to think about them. Bassmi has named all of the paintings in the series Isness, suggesting that we take them just as we see them. • So enjoy. • "Bassmi: The Isness of Being" is at the Leepa-Rattner Museum, 600 Klosterman Road, on the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College, through Sept. 18. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for children and students with ID. Voluntary donations on Sunday, with a free docent tour at 2 p.m. (727) 712-5762 or spcollege.edu/museum.
Lennie Bennett, Times art critic