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An Odd Couple’s Tug of War: Armin Mühsam and Greg Belback, through June 27 at Quad City Arts PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 28 May 2008 02:37

Reader issue #686 Cold, gray foundations of concrete divide the land. A fiery red dragon with a stair-step body stands in stark opposition to a carefully delineated landscape. All of this is watched by a prickly caterpillar of light. These strange sights can be seen in a disconcerting tug-of-war that pits crisp, eloquent, and restrained paintings against mixed-media sculptures of whimsy, imprecision, and untamed emotion.

The Importance of Transformation: Dawn Wohlford-Metallo: "Juggling Act," thru May 11 at St. Ambrose PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 07 May 2008 02:39

Dawn Wohlford-Metallo's Twist & Shout Pressed clumps of richly textured paper pulp shaped into crusty grates, inquisitive fish, and smooth vertebrae are given chromatic life with hints of vibrant blue-greens, rusty reds, and creamy whites. These colors and textures are given room to breathe with large expanses of grays and earth tones.

The 32nd Annual Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Banks and Bruce Carter   
Wednesday, 16 April 2008 02:19

Reader issue #680 The Rock Island Fine Arts Exhibition, now in its 32nd year, is necessarily disparate, with a wide variety of media and artists. But that doesn't mean that themes don't emerge.

As River Cities' Reader art critic Bruce Carter said in discussing the exhibit, "There's always a pattern in every show."

The Elusive, Transformed: Rick Lodmell, through April at the Quad City Botanical Center PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Wednesday, 19 March 2008 02:50

Banana Bloom Rick Lodmell is both prepared and lucky.


Equipped with a 10.2-megapixel camera, a calm spirit, and an eye for beauty, he ardently tramps out into the Hennepin canal landscape during twilight and early morning, in all seasons. He is looking for that momentary vision of the natural world, always moving and transforming, to capture what is seen in an instant.


Online Exclusive: Honing Versus Exploring -- Three Artists at the Quad City International Airport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 27 February 2008 04:28

The recently closed show at the Quad City International Airport art gallery featured nearly 50 stunning works: the serigraphy of Karen Blomme, the metal works of Tom Lytle, and the oil paintings and constructed boxes of Heidi Hernandez. I have exhibited with all three artists and have always been impressed by how their works strongly define the character of an exhibition.


While a handful of pieces are charged with exploratory energy, many of the works are more predictable progressions or refinements of previous visual explorations.


Blu NOLA While the work of Blomme and Lytle (both established area artists) seeks to cultivate visual and conceptual territories that they have already “claimed” with previous imagery, Hernandez (a younger, up-and-coming artist) is more vigorously exploring the “unknown” to find her own territory.

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