Contrasts & Collusions: A View into the Methodology of Black and White: work by Alex Guofeng Cao and Joseph Piccillo 

Contrasts & Collusions: A View into the Methodology of Black and White: work by Alex Guofeng Cao and Joseph Piccillo

Evan Lurie Gallery

Four stars

Alex Guofeng Cao's immense black and white portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, and John F. Kennedy (among others) resemble traditional photographs from a distance. But then as you draw nearer, you notice that these photographs, like low-res computer images, seem to be pixilated. Drawing even closer to the image of JKF pointing with his right hand (while uttering the words "Ask not what your country can do for you...") you can make out thousands of photos of Marilyn Monroe that compose the larger image. The title of the work, "JFK vs. Marilyn" suggests an historical bond between these two iconic figures that cannot be broken. Cao is inspired by ancient Roman mosaics and the Egyptian pyramids—both examples of large-scale art composed of smaller building blocks. "Everybody sees something different" in these images, says this Chinese-born, New York-based artist. The canvases of painter Joseph Piccillo are also (largely) in shades of black and white and are as technically adept as Cao's images are conceptually brilliant. In "#5" (graphite and oil on canvas) you can just about see the racehorse leaping out of the canvas. Through July 15; 317-844-8460, www.evanluriegallery.com

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