Arts / Museums


A Buffet of Offerings from the Art Banquet

BY Catherine D. Anspon // 01.27.15

Piquant Flavors: A Buffet of Offerings from the Art Banquet. A little Brooklyn, an otherworldly light show, Rumi rocks and a heaping serving of paint are the themes of shows that captured our attention this past week, in places from galleries to a storied nonprofit and a nifty little project space at Spring Street.

Begin in the Heights at Redbud Gallery, where Brooklyn-based Houstonian, Cooper Union grad and former PaperCity intern Jennifer May Reiland solos with an eerie exhibition that comments on the biblical narrative of Veronica’s Veil. There’s also a feminist statement embedded in these disquieting drawings edged in mayhem (through February 3).

Next stop is Lawndale Art Center, where an engineering marvel with a trope straight out of a James Bond movie takes over the main gallery (we don’t want to give away too much away about the feat organized by Patrick Renner and pals, Johnny DiBlasi, Stephen Kraig, and Eric Todd). Don’t forget the upstairs galleries, where we were wowed by Ryder Richards’ ethereal blue room, “The Idyll.” White topographies by Jed Foronda (in the Cavnar Gallery) and Stephanie Patton’s milky-wall sculptures (“Synthetic Happiness”) in the third-floor project space round out the views in this strong lineup (through February 28).

Do check out the elevator (where this scribe once got trapped); S.A. Hinson does a number there with black vinyl, which is not recommended for the claustrophobic.

Make time, too, to travel to Spring Street Studios, where painter Fariba Abedin steps outside her media, transforming her geometric paint handling, rooted in Persian non-objective imagery, into an immersive projected sight and sound installation in the Tank Project Space. The work is set to the artist’s reading of love letters penned by 13th-century Iranian poet Rumi, 3D and wall calligraphy and the violin strains of contemporary maestro Bijan Mortazavi (through March 5; reception Thursday, February 5, 6 to 9 pm).

Finally, Rudolph Blume Fine Art/ArtScan Gallery rolls out “Eating Paint” featuring five notables. The show blends Howard Sherman (cover star of the newly released volume Texas Abstract) with Core grad/internationally exhibited Jackie Tileston, based in Philadelphia, alongside Casey Gregory, Michael Blair and the surface confections of Julon Pinkston — which this writer owns, in a very small version (through February 28).

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