Sunday, April 29, 2012

no place like home

Antonio Petracca
...a few highlights from
curated by Karen Shaw

The dreamy logic of Darlene Charneco's depictions of complex organisms elicit visions of the utopic -- a sort of parallel universe where candy colored housing units thrive in an eternally healthy eco-system.

For William Carroll, long walks throughout the five boroughs of New York provide both subject matter and muse in a series of works that elucidate the urban geometries that characterize the city streets. 

Antonio Petracca samples elements of urban life that include its blight and decay as well as its function, industry and unlikely symmetries. 

Similarly, Corydon Cowandage examines the anonymity of urban/suburban sprawl in large format paintings of torqued perspectives, diminishing planes and the detail and beauty of roof tiles, vinyl siding and fencing. Cowandage's panoramas are expansive and dizzying.

Steven Millar builds networks that seem to multiply exponentially as if fueled by crystal technology. Like the 1960s song by Malvina Reynolds, Little Boxes, Millar's cubes examine "how we inhabit a space and how a space inhabits us." (excerpted from the artist's personal statement)

The show, which also includes E. E. Smith, Cheryl Molnar, Kim Beck, Noah Klersfeld, Travis Shaffer, Susan Wides and Grant Haffner, is on view through May 27th.

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