"Three and a half stars
ALCHEMY art + aesthetics.
You’ll either love it or hate it, but you are bound to react to Colorarmi Morto, an exhibition based on Italian horror films. Robert Aurél Meko’s paintings are filled with gore, suspense and shock value while, at times, bordering on kitsch. Works are quite sensual in color and paint application, even as the subject of women fending off attacks is challenging. “Knife” portrays the fearful eyes of a woman fighting off a perpetrator outside the picture frame – bloody knife just inches from her head. Do we engage ourselves or disengage? Filmmaker Dario Argento’s thrillers inspired the paintings and collages of René Anthony Gonzalez. This is Gonzalez’s first time merging his normally abstract imagery with representation. In “Tenebre #3” (named after Argento’s 1982 film), Gonzalez makes blood look beautiful as an organic pool of red paint next to a fleshy pink triangular form and fleur-de-lis motif. The abstracted imagery momentarily distracts us from the dead body portrayed. So what is the motivation in capturing fear and death in paint versus film? Are works mere tributes or challenges to pause and make us decide if we are frightened, entertained, outraged or numb? Through November 24. (317) 634-9700. www.myspace.com/alchemygallery