Art Walk

Where to Go This First Thursday: February 2016

This month's offerings run the gamut from Code Noir slavers to children's toys.

By Seth Sommerfeld February 3, 2016

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Fabrice Monteiro, Marrons, Untitled #7, 2010, photograph.

Fabrice Monteiro: Maroons
Mariane Ibrahim Gallery

Belgian-Beninese photographer Fabrice Monteiro’s pictures pack a punch. Foreign Policy magazine named him one of the 100 Global Thinkers of 2015 for his series The Prophecy, which depicted people as monsters of future environmental destruction. With his new collection, Maroons, Monteiro photographs Beninese men wearing replicas of the torture devices used by French slavers in the seventeenth century. Opening reception from 6–8.

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Joshua Jensen-Nagle, It's All There II, 2015, archival inkjet print facemounted to acrylic, 22 x 23 in.

Joshua Jensen-Nagle and Steven Nederveen: Sounds of the Sea
Foster/White Gallery

Foster/White evokes the beauty of the shore as it introduces two new artists to its roster with Sounds of the Sea. Joshua Jensen-Nagle's distant beach photography casts the bikini and trunks clad denizens as dreamy splashed of color strewn across the seemingly unreal landscapes. Steven Nederveen combines painting and photographic methods to depict tall trees overlooking the water in soft scenes that blur together like watercolors. Opening reception from 6–8.

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Catherine Eaton Skinner, Tellun I, 2015, formatting encaustic and oil on 108 papers on panels, 72 x 96 x 2 in.

Catherine Eaton Skinner: Teelun: A Gentle Wind
Abmeyer + Wood

There's something unsettled about Catherine Eaton Skinner's landscape paintings in her show Teelun: A Gentle Wind. Instead of seeming grounded in a spot, each lush and cloudy countryside seems to be the momentary glance of a passerby. It's all moving too fast. To counteract this fleeting feeling, Skinner adds elements of red—a triangle representing the elements or an outline of a home in the distance—in hopes that the color will make a viewer stop and consider the natural expressiveness of each landscape. Opening reception from 5–8.

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Don Fritz, Secret, raku ceramic, 23 x 17 x 6 in.

Don Fritz
Gallery IMA

Childhood innocence weighs on the mind of pop artist Don Fritz. His raku ceramics and paintings fixate on the psychology behind the baby boomers' toys and books. Through chipped puzzle pieces, faux books, toy recreations, and symbolically dense paintings, Fritz examines how the imagery continues to impact our collective sense of fantasy and gender identity. Opening reception from 6–8

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