Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: May 2015

African religiousness, flowery skulls, and tricky photography highlight this month's offerings.

By Seth Sommerfeld May 6, 2015

Jim Chuchu explores the past and future of Africa's religious spirit in Pagans.

Jim Chuchu, Pagans XIV, 2014

Jim Chuchu: Pagans
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery

Kenyan photographer and videographer Jim Chuchu's first solo exhibition attempts to reconstruct the religious spirit of Africa before colonialism and look into the future. With a masterful use of light and tone, he presents visuals in stunningly stark shades of black that connect on a visceral, human level while also touching on a sense of realms that lie beyond the mortal plane. Opening reception at 6–8.

Sohee Kim, Sick of People 2, 2011, etching with chine-collé, 2011, 25 x 19.5 in

Sohee Kim: Unmentionables
Davidson Gallery

Sohee Kim objectifies humans in a very literal sense of the term. In her playful but cutting etchings, humans become tiny trinkets to rest in egg cartons, swim through pho, cram in subway doors, and throw haphazardly in with the laundry. By employing the chine-collé technique (in which thin paper is fused onto a print with paste and a heavy press), the works come to life with a distinct muted color palette. Opening reception 6–8.

Alexandra Becker-Black, Awakening, 2015, watercolor on paper mounted on wood, 24 x 18 in

Alexandra Becker-Black: Icons of Awakening
Abmeyer and Wood

Flowers, contorting bodies, skulls: All resonate transcendent beauty in Alexandra Becker-Black's paintings. Drawing inspiration from Michelangelo's marble sculptures, she employs an a deft and delicate use of shading rarely seen in painting to explore empty space with an ethereal touch, allowing a viewer's mind to fill in the contours she leaves untouched. Opening reception 5–8.

Erin O'Keefe, Hey Hey, 2015, archival inkjet print, 36 x 24 in.





Erin O'Keefe: Natural Disasters

Platform Gallery

In the age of digital photography, it’s sometimes hard to trust our own eyes. Was this picture tweaked or retouched in Photoshop? Erin O’Keefe’s Natural Disasters series plays on this mistrust and manipulates our perspectives further with surreal still-life photos designed to look like they’ve been manipulated with digital effects. Open until 8.

Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling, Black Cup, 2014–2015, sycamore, bookbinder's thread, 13 x 11 x 1.5 in

Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling
Traver Gallery

Hailing from the English town of Stroud, Malcolm Martin and Gaynor Dowling are woodworkers in the most traditional way. The duo eschews modern techniques and uses simple handheld tools when crafting the indentations and wavy lines that decorate the surfaces of their carved wooden vessels. It's easy to sense the amount of effort and care that went into each of the nearly 30 works on display at their first Traver Gallery showcase. Opening reception 5–8.






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