Review: Joseph Crone's 'Fragments' 

Joseph Crone's 'Prisoner of One's Device.'
  • Joseph Crone's 'Prisoner of One's Device.'

Wug Laku's Studio & Garage; through December 30.

It was in the Herron School of Art & Design's printmaking department that Joseph Crone discovered double-sided acetate as a medium for colored-pencil drawing. (Crone graduated from Herron with a BFA last year.) Using staged photographs as a reference, Crone creates scenes of hyper-real, luminescent precision reminiscent of film noir stills.

In the drawing "While the Cold Night Waiting," you see a woman in a white dress looking at a point outside the frame. There's a sense of claustrophobia in this green-tinted drawing, where even the vegetation seems to be closing in on her. There's also an astounding sense of depth, heightened by the blurriness of the leaves in the extreme foreground. Your perspective here is that of a camera's eye - or of a stalker.

The one small caveat I have about this show are the framing devices Crone uses to house his work. In the particular piece I just described, there's an actual wooden window frame surrounding the drawing. You see this type of framing device in other - but not all - of the works here. I found such elaborate frames, while fun, to be distracting because they inhibit closer inspection of the work.

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