Visual arts: Contemporary Abstraction

Work by Tara Donovan is featured at the Garvey

Four stars

Garvey|Simon Art Access. This venue is in Carmel's Arts

& Design District, which probably isn't the first place you think of when

you hear the term "contemporary abstraction." But the fine art prints

on display in this show are as edgy as anything you might see in the contemporary

wing at the IMA. (Tara Donovan had a major exhibition at the IMA until last

Sunday and you can still find Ingrid Calame's work there.) Donovan makes art

out of everyday materials like rubber bands. Or bubbles. In her untitled

"bubble etching" she blows bubbles into a mixture of ferric chloride

and liquid bubble soap, and places these bubbles on aquatinted plates. The

bubbles corrod, or "etch" their way into these plates and then they

are printed, and the result is contemporary abstract art that my six-year-old

daughter Naomi can relate to. Perhaps the medium isn't so much the message in

the work of Ingrid Calame, who traces tire marks and stains and adds brash hues

of color. In "Tracings from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 1"

(etching and aquatint) random tire marks become things of beauty in a

reconfigured map of the world while, in the world of Dan Walsh, all randomness

has been banished. In such works as "Intaglio print Folio A II," he

draws you into the eye-bending world of geometric minimalism. Through Aug. 30;


— Dan Grossman


Dan Grossman is NUVO's arts editor.

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