Review: Magnificent Amber at Harrison Center for the Arts 

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click to enlarge Cagney King, "Blow Me" (top) and "Blow Me Too" (bottom)
  • Cagney King, "Blow Me" (top) and "Blow Me Too" (bottom)

Through Dec. 26 at Harrison Center for the Arts. It was impossible to avoid the holiday-themed group shows this First Friday — they’re as inevitable as your shopping mall Santas. But even if they're uneven affairs, they're still a good way to see new work by unfamiliar artists.

I came across Laura Levine's work for the first time at the Harrison Center for the Arts' annual color-themed show. Her 3D mixed media, wall-hanging sculpture “Moses and the Burning Bush,” which portrays some dude in a hoodie succumbing to flames with eyeballs, is magnificently colorful and inventive. More of Levine's work is on display through December at Fountain Square's Funkyard.

click to enlarge Laura Levine, "Moses and the Burning Bush"
  • Laura Levine, "Moses and the Burning Bush"

Cagney King isn't a new discovery, but permit me to say a few words about her eyebrow-raising, diptych-esque “Blow me” paintings, which feature a man being blown away by a fan on one canvas and a woman drying her hair on another. Also take note of King's painting “Extinct,” recently featured in Studio Visit Magazine, which finds a rhinoceros against a rough-hewn yet painterly backdrop.


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