Big Car Gallery, 1043 Virginia Ave. Suite 215, Murphy Arts Center.
Trevor Renwick saw a Texas petroglyph as a child and recreated the ancient drawings in Visible/Invisible – the impetus for his exhibition with Casey Roberts. Renwick’s work ranges in style and, at first, seems to be a collection of pieces by many artists. But his selections are an installation timeline, half historical and half invented. He borrows techniques of museum display – maps, dioramas, historical portraits – and pairs them with contemporary approaches. “Standing Earth Touching Air” looks to be a historical drawing of an Inuit, but it’s a calculated recreation that even involved creating a handmade outfit. Roberts’ installation is like walking into a 3-D set of one of his cyanotype-based landscapes. A papier-mâché mountain has crystals imbedded in a glacier cap and a painted tree motif exposing barren yellow, heart-shaped land. The wall behind includes glow-in-the-dark constellations and life-sized appliqués of a lion and leopard. The animals meet face-to-face peacefully, but beneath them are human skulls. Have humans’ actions led to their demise? What can be learned from civilizations – real and imaginary? Through April 21. www.recent-projects.com