David Reed's bright, paneled paintings were created by recombining several of his own works to create a single piece that spans varying moments in time in the artist's career. The graphic, vibrantly hued paintings call to mind Kenny Scharf's whimsical pop art, but stripped-down, more abstract and intuitive. Carrie Yamaoka's mixed media on reflective Mylar works offer another dimension to the paint-pouring technique, giving the viewer a reflection of herself in the space of the gallery, distorted and transformed by an undulating deep blue on the large, reflective surfaces.
The graphite-on-paper works of New York-based Roland Flexner stand out for their small scale and lack of color. A series of approximately five-by-seven-inch untitled pieces were made by dipping paper in water, then dipping it in a second tray of liquid graphite, then removing the paper and blowing on it through hollow tubes and spraying it with mineral water. The resulting compositions resemble photographic landscapes, haunting, otherworldly geological scenes captured in time.
Carrie Moyer's Diver is a part of the "Pour" exhibit.
"Papercuts"/"Pour," through March 2 and March 23, respectively, at Ritter Art Gallery/Schmidt Center Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Call 561-297-2661, or visit fau.edu/galleries.
In a single trip, "Papercuts" and "Pour" offer opposite perspectives on artistic practice, demonstrating on the one hand the beauty that emerges from discipline, control, and precision and on the other hand the freedom that can come from surrendering to the natural ebb and flow of life.