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Review: The Wood Show (A Group Exhibition)

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April Schafer's "I want to tell you that your beauty cannot be reflected by a lousy piece of glass."
  • April Schafer's "I want to tell you that your beauty cannot be reflected by a lousy piece of glass."

Gallery 924; through Nov. 23.

How much wood would a wood show show if a wood show could show wood? The answer at this particular show is plenty - in all different sorts of different guises.

Tom Tedrowe's sculpture "Antique Automatic," made from reclaimed mahogany, looks - per its title - like a gear from some weird machine pre-dating the Industrial Revolution.

April Schafer's "I want to tell you that your beauty cannot be reflected by a lousy piece of glass," offers a glancing commentary on the featured medium of this show. This acrylic on wood painting pictures a lone woman in a dress pausing along a sidewalk. The woman's face isn't visible. She's staring at a point where you might normally expect -- in a realistic painting -- to see the glass window of a storefront. But you see, instead, unadorned wood. (It's up to our imagination to picture the woman's face.) Among the 23 pieces by 18 artists on display here, Schafer's and Tedrowe's were the ones that stimulated my imagination the most. It's definitely worth a stop here to see what most stimulates yours.

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