Reductivism takes center stage in Traver Gallery's display. The group exhibit Shades of White focuses on the basic properties of art by looking at works stripped of color. But despite the lack of pigment, pieces like John Kiley's glass sculptures and Yuri Kinoshita's bamboo fiber, ebony, and steel creations still pop. Shades of White features 24 national artists and spans the gamut of media: Blown glass, limestone carvings, paintings on stone, ceramics, etc. Traver Gallery. Opening reception at 5.
Robert McCauley's lively animal paintings focus on more than just the bare (or bear) necessities. There's a sense of natural chaos and sly political satire in paintings like Deposition II and Witness II, where birds wildly flock around an elk and a zebra position in front of microphones. The most reoccurring character, however, is a befuddled looking black bear that seems utterly lost in the frenzied nature of it all. The simplicity with which McCauley presents these creatures makes their contextual disillusionment all the more palpable. Linda Hodges Gallery. Opening artist reception at 6.
Landscape painter Mitchell Albala's latest collection of works takes a dark turn. While still drawing heavily on soft, semi-abstract horizons, these paintings focus on historical human catastrophes. The billowing vertical column of smoke in Fat Man depicts the Nagasaki atomic bombing, while Apparition delicately outlines the destroyed facade of one of the World Trade Center towers. It's beauty to ease the horror, and horror to make the beauty unsettling. Lisa Harris Gallery. Opening reception at 6. Artist talk Tuesday, March 11 at 6:30.
The Cosmopolis wife and husband of Robin and John Gumaelius duo mix human and avian inspiration when crafting their ceramic and metallic sculptures. The results conjure up images of a bizarre gypsy carnival on wheels that rolls into town with a zestful sense of oddity. Patricia Rovzar Gallery. Opening artist reception at 6.