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Review: 'Subtle Complexities' at Garvey|Simon

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Review: 'Subtle Complexities' at Garvey|Simon

James Siena's works feature colorful repetitions of geometric forms.

4 stars


Art Access; through July 16.

All four of the artists in this show

might be categorized as both "minimalist" and "abstract" but neither term

completely does these artists justice.

In Dan Walsh's etching on

paper "Folio B IV," there are three rows of parallel lines and each row is

segregated into red and blue groupings. If Walsh's objective here is to

concentrate on form and repetition without reference to a particular subject,

then why does this print come off looking to me like some ethereal hammer

dulcimer? Maybe this interpretation has something in the painstaking

precision evident in the composition.

In Mark Sheinkman's,

"4.1.2003," where the illusion of space is achieved by abrasion on a surface of

black aquatint, an equally obsessive precision is on display. This

particular work stimulates my imagination to the Nth

degree. Here he creates a seemingly 3-D field of multiple, varied-width

lines--perpendicular to one another ââ'¬â �� stretching off into infinity.

In contrast to this stark work,

James Siena's woodcut print "Multicolored Nesting Knots" bursts with color and

multiple groupings of concentric rectangles that, when put together, suggest to

me the outlines of multiple human faces.

Not the least among the work of

these internationally recognized artists is the work of Indy resident Dorothy

Alig, whose print "Jung's Guardian" portrays a pink halo around two cage-like

edifices as it invites you to try and classify your personality type.

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Writer Arts, Faith & Equity

Having lived and worked in Indy on and off since 1977, and currently living in Carmel, I've seen the city change a great deal. I love covering the arts in all its forms, and the places where the arts and broader cultural issues intersect.

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