- Bates Wilson's 'Rejoice' melds industrial metals with organic design in a twist on everyday objects.
Evan Lurie Gallery; through July 15.
You can usually find in the Lurie Gallery a wide variety of work in contrasting media and styles; this month is no exception. As you walk into the gallery, turn to the left and you'll see Bates Wilson's "Rejoice." This wall-hanging sculpture, made from metal and found objects, takes the form of an airplane but the tail of the fuselage curls upwards like the body armor of a crustacean. Fluid melding of mechanical and organic form is par for the course in the work of this New York-based sculptor.
Another type of melding occurs in the mixed media work of L.A.-based James Georgopoulos, who makes large silver gelatin prints of his photographs of guns and then paints in the backgrounds over the print with acrylic. (The machine gun in the photograph "Windtalkers," was used as a prop in the movie of the same name with Nick Cage.)
Although there's something to be said for sticking with film photography in this increasingly digital age, you might find yourself pondering the static nature of these particular images. That is to say, you might ask yourself questions like "Does this image fetishize violence?" or "Is it art?" with such works. But can you be inspired by them?