Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Flava Fresh - LAMP - July 28, 2004 - 2 1/2 stars


Works by local multicultural visual artists line the halls of the Chatham Centre, or annex of LAMP Fine Art Gallery. Many familiar names are in the show, like Anthony Radford, who exhibits "Keep It Real." A piece we've seen many time before, and for good reason, it makes a cultural, political, social, emotional statement. Black and white clippings of the likes of Malcolm X to Madame Walker are collaged in a white frame with reminders (like assemblaged chain) of our country's unique African-American cultural evolution. It iconically says this is what you have overcome to become who you are today. "Looking," an oil on canvas by Bruce Armstrong of a man, is exceptionally beautiful and refined in its minimalist execution and earthy green color palette. D. Delreverda-Jennings' sculptures are the real stand-out in this group show, which, like so many group shows, wanes here and there. Her mixed media sculptures like "Eve, Earth, Adam" are harmoniously easy on the eyes. Though the blocky structures are tinged with bronze and copper colors, the weightiness is lifted by greens, blues and lavenders that set those tones off. Through July 31, 2004; 317-624-9803. -Mary Lee Pappas

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