Spring Premiere featuring Alexey Terenin, Susan Hall, Charles Walker 

4 stars -- Evan Lurie Gallery

In Moscow-based Alexey Terenin's oil painting "Another Story," a boy and a girl in togas stand on either side of a double-headed serpent. The colors of the composition are mostly muted grays, browns, and flesh tones. Even the apples in the girl's arms seem washed out in terms of color. The style seems evocative of Roman frescos scoured by weathering or volcanic ash. (The symbolism, however, is biblical). The paintings of Chicago-based Susan Hall are also muted, painted over inlaid fabric patterns. "Second Self" skillfully portrays two standing figures—Hall's fraternal twin as seen from different angles—with the faces in profile. With its monochromatic palette in shades of green, overlaid with a brown sheen that brings out the subjects' skin tone, your eye is drawn to the essential elements of light and shadow in the composition. North Carolina-based Charles Walker's abstract work, in contrast to the others' here, is colorful. His work features what are essentially bars of varicolored acrylic paint on canvas. But the title to a series of his paintings, "The Last Picture Show," references a classic movie filmed entirely in black and white. Through May 21; 317-844-8400; www.evanluriegallery.com.


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