Mt. Comfort/Big Car Galleries
Collage is too often an art form where the whole doesn't add up to more than the sum of its parts. So when I see such work that actually moves me, I can't help being a little surprised. Ryan Irvin's "Garden Flood," is one such work, evoking a swampy, forested landscape with - of all things - clippings from the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. (It made me think of the illustrations in one of my favorite books from my childhood, Time-Life's The World We Live In.) John Berry's series of "Level" paintings are evocative of another childhood fixation for many: video games. "Bonus Level" (oil on canvas mounted on board) with its perspective-warped tree trunk landscape and maze in the clouds looks like Heaven for the Super Mario Brothers while "Island Metropolis" (oil on canvas) with its bright, multicolored palette looks like a carnivalesque dreamscape. Through April 30; 317-450-6630, www.bigcar.org.