Deborah Boardman's first exhibition at gescheidle entails a new series of oils and gouaches. Loosely painted grids bring to mind formalist abstraction but also resemble woven tablecloths and homespun plaids. Boardman's deliberately hand-painted grounds serve as backdrops for a medley of characters including werewolves, horses, boats, medieval villages, and Watteau's painting of 1718, "Gilles". Boardman makes frequent overt reference to specific Watteau and Manet works. Combining their imagery with other sources like children's book illustration and popular culture, Boardman weaves open-ended narratives picturing the dilemmas of being human.