Valentine's Day Art Show: various artists
Evan Lurie Gallery
Alexis Silk's "Hanging Figure" is a blue, thigh-length dress of blown glass, in the form of a female nude, hanging from iron shipping hooks. You might describe this sculpture - and much of the work in this show - as a marriage between classical realism and contemporary form. Austria-based Margit J. Füreder, the featured artist, is a painter who works in a wide variety of media, including photo-transfer, and a cross section of such work is on display here. Her "Coco/VC" (oil on canvas) depicts a young blond woman in a state of semi-undress: she seems to be free falling, upside down, through white space. While the artist depicts her subject realistically, the meaning of this painting remains mysterious. It's buried beneath the surface, as it were. Füreder leaves it up to your imagination to dig this meaning out. In looking at Ron Kostoff's oil on canvas "That Familiar Distance," which masterfully depicts a nude female (a beautiful redhead) standing on a square pedestal, you might find yourself up against the wall of the same paradox - one heightened by the estrangement of the title - and when told (as I was) that this painter knows the subject of his painting you might find yourself asking, "In what sense?" Through March 15; 317-844-8400, www.evanluriegallery.com.