Phil O'Malley: "Text U All" review 

4 stars

ARTBOX Gallery

In Phil O'Malley's large oil/oil pastel on canvas "Reconnoitering between the Q's and the A's," variously colored trunk-like shapes tangle among themselves like youths in a game of "Twister." These shapes seem vaguely letter-like. This isn't surprising, because O'Malley's paintings can be as textual as they are textural. Elsewhere in his largely abstract work you can find actual written text. In the painting "One More Thing I Forgot to Tell You," he writes, "There is a reason for not writing everything." This is the first line of a paragraph, but much of the rest of the text is obscured in this work (itself part of a triptych) that suggests a minimalist landscape. O'Malley's not going to spell things out for you. So don't expect any easy answers as you reconnoiter his work. You can, however, try to ask the right questions. ARTBOX - one of the sharpest galleries in Indy - is the perfect place to do this. Check out the second opening Jan. 22, 5 p.m.-midnight. Through Jan 27; 888-964-4446,

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