Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Johnathan McClure: "Unstill Life" - The Bungalow - June 23, 2004 - 1 star

Tempera swathed on paper isn't too far of a stretch from finger painting in these paintings, with titles like "Underneath it All," "Mattie," "Ripple Effect" and "Afterglow." Muddied tones of lifeless periwinkles, rusts and Army greens sweep down revealing wine bottle-like forms of bald paper. This work lacks the aesthetic presence, color space or spontaneity to be taken too seriously as the abstracts they are supposed to be. An instant-artist state of mind is reinforced with the stack of prints available next to the work. Through June 30, 2004; 317-251-2782. -Mary Lee Pappas

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