Christopher West Presents at Dean Johnson Gallery

As you walk into the box-like CWP space at the back of the Dean Johnson Gallery, you probably won't feel the pull of the two horseshoe-shaped magnets mounted on opposite walls and pointed at each other. But you may feel the magnetic conceptual presence that activates the gallery space. The painting "G_D" (spelled out in black acrylic on white canvas), acknowledges certain English translations of Hebrew scripture. It also works as a visual pun. The painting/sculpture entitled "Ghost," portraying three black dots on a white backdrop, references the divine as well. But this reference to the Trinity is negated by its consisting of three zeros. Another painting makes reference to the fact that "know" and "no" are pronounced the same way. If applied to knowledge of the sacred, such a pun might be interpreted as another negation - but not necessarily a blasphemous one. According to certain Jewish mystics, God withdrew from Creation in order to make space for the world. Through Dec. 31; 317-634-8020, www.deanjohnson.com.

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Arts Editor

Having lived and worked in Indy on and off since 1977, 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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