Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Quincy Owens and Daniel Evans - Thai One On Restaurant - July 14, 2004 - 3 stars

"is two," a large diptych hanging in the bar area of this restaurant, is the neo-abstract route Owens should be traveling on. It's his best work to date. Though not technically or truly similar, it reminded me of David Hockney's "The Splash" in both choices of blue, orange and white coloring, and action. The image resonated with me as though it was a zoom of this famous intensified burst, albeit by a much different hand. It shines even brighter when contrasted against his stenciled letter block paintings spelling the likes of "spicy" that have a gift shop air about hem and don't do his deserving pieces any favor in their company. Other works from the "Divergent Series" fail to pack a textured color field punch along side older works with decidedly rich coloration and a high varnish shine. The stagnant trio of paintings "sons I," "sons II" and "sons III" also look unemotionally produced in comparison and lack the intensity of radiance that earlier works possess. Daniel Evans' photographs are technically keen and really pretty perfect manipulations of light and tools of the trade. Lyrical and eloquent, each still, whether color or black and white, holds quality and a consistent aesthetic in common. Through July 25, 2004; 317-202-0193. –Mary Lee Pappas

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