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Review: The Sign Show

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3 stars

Curator Tim Harmon's work, "Bump," part of the Harrison Center's Sign Show.
  • Curator Tim Harmon's work, "Bump," part of the Harrison Center's Sign Show.

Curator Tim Harmon asked participants in this group show which opened at the Harrison Center last Friday to make art into signs or signs into art. Harmon himself took a common yellow "BUMP" sign that you might find along a roadside and bent the sheet metal until it took the form of a speed bump. Further down the road of this show, so to speak, John Sterr's "City Light" took as title the iron-cast wording on the manhole cover, reflective of the city lights above, that is the subject of his black and white photograph. Another photo, Ellen Nylen's "Hollywood Boulevard, Storm" showed a thunderstorm brewing over said iconic strip of asphalt but also captured a female statue with a seemingly contemplative gaze fixed somewhere outside the frame. Meanwhile Kipp Normand's "Composition in Green and Yellow," veered off the boulevard of the literal and the bric-a-brac — there was a fair amount of it in this show — into the world of abstraction. Normand took rectangular bits of painted wood signs and arranged them in such a way on a green board so that they cohere together, not in terms of adding up to any kind of legible signage, but as an engaging abstract composition. Through Jan. 28.

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