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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Re-purposed domesticates art

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By Craig Drennen

Re-purposed: The Use of Everyday Materials in Contemporary Art at Emily Amy Gallery has a premise that is so sweeping, it sounds more like a major museum show than a four-artist exhibition at a single gallery. So it’s not surprising that it doesn’t entirely live up to the scope of its own billing.

The spacious gallery provides three of the four artists with rooms to themselves. Clayton Santiago’s resin-soaked constructions occupy the remaining walls. Sara Cole’s gouache, coffee and graphite works on paper are the most elegant of the group, amplified in part by the thoughtful restraint of their white mats and framing. Cole gives each sheet of paper a generous stain of coffee and adds the silhouetted contours of leaves, which interlock into wreath-like clusters. The result is a mediated vision of suspended shape and movement, like the surface of a pond. Cole’s strength — the step-by-step regularity of her method — might also be a limitation. Once she hits her note she doesn’t stray far from it, so the best of the pieces aren’t vastly different from the worst.

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