"New Orleans Table: Paintings by Melissa Sarat" visual art review 

In the painting that gives title to this show, you see items that you might find in a New Orleans household during Mardi Gras. The warm colors of the depicted fruit and the cool blue backdrop create the kind of vivid contrasts that are common in Sarat's work. Such still life depictions, however, are the exception here (if you equate still with calm, that is). In "Talking Heads" (oil on canvas), there are, well, talking heads -- on platters -- at eye level. As your eye travels upward, there's a perspective shift so that depicted items such as eggs seem to rest atop the canvas, as if the canvas was a table and you were looking down at it. But this isn't the only way Sarat toys with perspective. In the ominously titled "Post Tipping Point," a parrot dwarfs the human faces depicted while peering out accusingly, as if indicting us for our human-centered complacency. Through Aug. 23; 317-255-2464, www.indplsartcenter.org.

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