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All That Power 

Wednesday, Mar 9 2011
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We often see comics used as a jumping off point for more rarefied air, but we don't often see the physical objects -- the actual comics -- taken along for the ride. Michael Mykola Haleta uses the lo-brow to make the hi-brow in such a literal way that he crushes the distinction. He makes collages -- abstract, though carrying a heavy load -- out of the pages of comic books. In works from his exhibit "Futuristic Textures From the Future, Volume II: Interference Maps," the figures are gone, but their parts remain: scraps of equipment, hints of body armor, slivers of text, and even some panel lines, retaining all the colorful pow slam boof of the original but leaving the storyline to the viewer. Some are fiendishly dense, as if the entirety of a Marvel character, or at least one issue of it, were smashed to a single organic panel. Others invoke something mechanical, vaguely diabolical. If you want to be lo-brow about it, call them Transformers. They're hiding plenty under the surface.

An opening reception for "Futuristic Textures From The Future, Volume II: Interference Maps" starts at 7 p.m.
March 12-30, 2011

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