Psychedelic Portraits and Burned Things

The 1310 Gallery is opening its three-story collective in Fort Lauderdale to show off some irresistibly unusual works by Floridian artists. Leslie Elsasser of the University of South Florida trained in India under two masters of the Mogul School, a brand of miniature painting that she has Americanized. Meanwhile, Gorgeta Fondos, who studied in Eastern Europe, uses a match like a paintbrush — singeing, scorching, and warping textiles into delicate sculptures that resemble out-of-control origami or tree branches in bloom. Nanette Cherry, who has been exhibited in New York and Chicago, paints portraits like an Old Master but adds surrealist flourishes — drooping, stroke-stricken mouths or deformed, alien noses rendered in psychedelic pastel. Those three are among 15 artists involved; their show, riddled with hidden meanings, is not to be missed.

“The Add Juncture and Nannette Cherry” exhibit opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday at the 1310 Gallery (1310 SW Second Court, Fort Lauderdale) and runs till July 8. Admission is free. Call 954-729-5794, or visit the gallery’s Facebook page.
Sat., July 2, 2011


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