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Drawing You Out 

Wednesday, May 11 2011
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A geode is like an oyster, in the sense that it’s a lump of crap with shiny jewelry inside. Marissa Textor’s photorealistic drawings often have the viewer looking and wondering stuff like: If it’s a geode, a quarter of a geode, why is it lit from inside and also backlit, in a way that prevents the brain from settling on one interpretation, leaving it flipping back and forth between “Geode quarter” and “No, I don’t know.” At “Successive Interruptions,” Textor shows natural landscapes cropped and flipped and detailed, like you’d get your car detailed. Glossy. The knowledge that these cinematic universes full of terror and glory and ice come out of a fucking pencil make the brain pump even harder, trying to work out some kind of deal with the eyes. Is it going to be okay if the river becomes abstract and then stops being abstract? Glen Baldridge’s “Blaze” opens tonight, too, taking painting potshots at normalized consciousness.

The opening reception for “Successive Interruptions” and “Blaze” starts at 7 p.m.
May 14-June 4, 2011

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