Matt Duffin and Various Artists: Valentine's Day Art Show

 

A series of five illustrations by Matt Duffin grabbed patrons' attention like nothing else at the Lurie Gallery during the Valentine's Day Gallery Walk. Duffin creates pictures devoid of any human - or biological - presence by scratching with dental instruments into encaustic wax spread on Masonite panels. Yet his precisely scratched illustrations with idiomatic titles are laden with modern artifacts. In "Behind the Curve," you see a hospital bed on a roller coaster track rising to the crest of a steep incline while a coaster car goes over the edge of it. "In the Hole" portrays a hospital bed and shopping carts on a train track headed towards a square pit blocked off with a flimsy barricade. About this illustration, one patron remarked, "That's where my finances are right now, in the hole." With the exception of "Maverick," the backgrounds of the illustrations on display here are pitch black, fitting Duffin's darkly ironic sensibility. Also, don't miss Marlene Rose's found-object sculptures, which combine ancient and modern motifs. Through March 31; 317-844-8400, www.evanluriegalllery.com.

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Dan Grossman is NUVO's arts editor.

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