Wednesday, December 15, 2004

2004 Group Show - 4 Star Gallery - Dec. 15, 2004 - 2 1/2 stars

Artists represented by Katherine Carter and Associates (an arts marketing group) comprise this small show with some hits and some misses. Fortunately, the strength of the hits outweigh the weaker pieces by the likes of the questionably celebrated Rita Blitt, whose work looked like nothing more than streaks of worn-out magic marker on white paper. "Incendience," one of several 36-inch-by-30-inch paintings by Ron Clark, is downright sublime. It looks to follow a Rothko compositional formula where color (appearing like layers of laquer) is emotion. While this approach is hardly anything new, it's done exceptionally well and with great effect. Also of note were Elizabeth Austin's reverse glass paintings executed on half-inch plexiglass with acrylic paints. The pieces are dependent on her decoratively applied strokes of opalescent blues and greens speckled with glittered confetti. Organic vines are formed and appear mystical like shadows in moonlight. Through Dec. 31, 2004; 317-686-6382. -Mary Lee Pappas

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