4 Stars

Artbox Gallery, Stutz II. Feb. 4-March 4.

Deep Breath achieves a striking unity despite representing four artists, some working in sculpture and others in painting. This is because every artwork shows virtuosity with mixed media.

Pam Moxley's photo prints shine like ceramics and are broken into tiles. The tiles are apt for the series "Speak No Evil," "See No Evil," and "Hear No Evil," which depict childhood symbols of innocence as far-away, broken memories.

Such a combination of symbolism and psychology is also reflected in Marie-Josée Roy and Jérome Prieur's "Echo," the stunner of the exhibition. Imprinted on aluminum, a man's head is shown in profile as he utters a line of symbols. Decorative punchwork surrounds the head like a medieval halo. The metallic, industrial motif is continued by Robert Pulley's "Red Mountain," a bronze sculpture in the shape of a compass perched on a sandstone base.

The current group featured at Artbox shows that mixed media is a defining characteristic of contemporary expressionism.

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