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An Enthusiastic Friend to Paint: Felix Morelo Bids “Adios” to the Quad Cities with Bucktown Exhibit PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 02:59

651_coverthumb.jpg Rarely does paint - the actual physical stuff laden with pigment - have as enthusiastic a friend as it does with Felix Morelo. The artist often lavishes his surfaces with thick and lustrous textured passages in blood reds, dirty aqua greens, or caustic oranges. In other areas, he stingily scrubs in the most minimal hints of browns or soiled denim blues.

 
All the World’s a Stage: Bill Hannan, through October at MidCoast Gallery West PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Wednesday, 19 September 2007 02:49

Bill Hannan - The PlanetsOn a small, dark stage, Venus slowly materializes, walking silently toward us in a diaphanous robe, holding a chalice and a sheath of wheat, her eyes distant. Jupiter, looking like Dionysus, sits on an invisible chair holding a jester's toy, laughing at something he's just heard from sly Mercury, who slowly floats by. Neptune the mystic crouches, bare-headed, waiting, looking beyond us.

 
The Human Eye in a Raucous Assembly: "Impromptu," through August at Leger Gallery PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 02:53

Snakeskin A huge foam cornucopia, curling in a massive yellowish shape, fills up the entire front window of the Leger Gallery in its current exhibit. Instead of the smooth perfect curve of a mathematical spiral, we have an unevenly textured solidified liquid used in a completely new way to describe the flow of thought and time and nature. With an industrial material normally used to insulate houses, Terry Rathje has created a buoyant example of the lively and inventive presentation inside.

 
Project Puts Waste in a New Place PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Written by Steve Banks   
Wednesday, 08 August 2007 02:28

All Kinds of People by Dawn Wohlford-Metallo and Lisa Mahar The use of found objects carries an up-front challenge to artists. Do you try to transform the identity of the "junk" by visually turning it into something else? Or do you accept the object (and all of its cultural baggage) for what it is and shape your artistic statement to incorporate the materials and their recognizability?

This was one of many issues faced by several local artists who participated in the Mississippi Palette project this year. The artists teamed up with the Artists Advisory Council, high-school and college students, environmentalist Chad Pregracke, and his Living Lands & Waters organization to create eight found-material sculptures.

 
The Unreal America: "Iowa Pastimes: Politics & State Fairs," through September 9 at the Figge PDF Print E-mail
Art - Reviews
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 03:54

Double Ferris WheelIowa Pastimes, Thomas C. Jackson's current exhibit of paintings at the Figge Art Museum, is filled with vivid observations of two American institutions filtered through the single eye of the artist's camera. Both worlds - political conventions and the Iowa State Fair - are spectaculars with bright lights, designed to generate excitement and movement, and they make their appeals to the great cross section of America.

 
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