Gallery 924; through March 25.
There's a deliberate aspect to
Minda Douglas' mixed media drawings. And, there is strength in this
deliberation, but perhaps also a limitation here, too. First, the
strengths. In the title drawing "Change is Nature," you see her vision of the
natural world transformed by the prism of her own mind. You can see dexterity
and precision in her depiction of all sorts of living plants and their parts;
spores, stalks, flowers, and seeds and you see a number of these in this
drawing in a sort of vortex swirling around a central point. And the point here
is that nature "is constantly in flux," to quote the artist herself from the
sheet providing explanations of her work. Perhaps it's a mistake for the artist
to define the meaning of her work so bluntly.
Speaking of which, one of her drawings
even bears a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: "People see only what they are
prepared to see." Douglas perhaps takes this quote too much to heart, and it
seems like she wants to prepare you for what she thinks you should see in her
work. You might yearn to see her stretch beyond her own deliberate nature —
with her formidable skill — to achieve an art that resists any kind of
explanation at all.