Esther Pearl Watson’s work has always been about telling stories, and the new works in this exhibition continue down that road, carrying the viewer through the patchwork fields and litter-strewn towns of her quirky North East Texas childhood. Watson developed her narrative sense early on in her cartooning. Originally an Art Center-trained illustrator and comics artist, she has drawn illustrations for clients such as New York Times and has created the successful zine comic with Fantagraphics, Unlovable—loosely based on a teenager’s diary she found in a gas-station bathroom. A strong narrative sense runs through the paintings in her new exhibition Space is the Place:Paintings of UFOs and Such by Esther Pearl Watson. Charming and funny, they chronicle her life growing up in a series of small Texas towns, with an eccentric father who was always trying to build spaceships in the yard, often with disastrous results. Part fantasy, part puzzle (find the family cat, Pooter), and part homage to the past, these works feature glittery spaceships hovering over tilted and flattened perspectives of rural landscapes—some idyllic, some trash-littered and neglected—with extended titles written in childlike printing.