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28 Jul 2017

HereThere: Poetics of Place

Ink Shop

Reviewed by Arthur Whitman

Visual art is, at root, an inquiry into space and its human significance. Beyond this, "HereThere" seems scattered. Curated by Ink Shop co-founder Pamela Drix, the exhibit gathers far-flung artists working mostly in print. It exudes an earnest ambition that the work struggles to match.

Eclecticism has its finer points. Lindsey Glover's conceptually abstract photo-print Satellite no. 2 plays well against Ladislav Hanka's lushly romantic intaglio World Tree. Coming from different traditions, both artists revel in intricate texture and biological growth as expansive metaphor.

Other highlights stand further apart. In his realist mezzotint Greenwood, CT, Jacob Crook transforms banal streetscape into suggestive nocturne. Yuemei Zhang's etching Window 5 is a visionary, fragmented take on Chinese myth. Masha Ryskin's austerely colored intaglio and monotype Far Away But Close layers pensively abstract marks on translucent pages evoking landscape and memory.

Exhibition HereThere: Poetics of Place link
Start date 07 Jul 2017 (40 days ago)
End date 29 Jul 2017 (18 days ago)
Presenter Ink Shop link
Venue 330 E. State Street, Ithaca, NY, USA map
Image Lindsey Glover, Satellite no. 2, digital pigment print, 40 x 40 inches, 2015, courtesy of the artist
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