Art Review: Creativity soars in artists’ works

Oklahoman Published: March 8, 2009
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"Birds of a Feather” is the title of a new show in which birds figure prominently. Works by two artists are in the exhibit at JRB Art at The Elms gallery, 2810 N Walker.

The show, which opened Friday, contains acrylic paintings, collages and woodcuts by Oklahoma City artist B.J. White and assemblages by Colorado artist Merry Cox.

White emphasizes "repetitive shapes of marks” as well as "color, images and textures” in her response to "social, political or environmental issues,” a gallery representative said.

Stylized, simplified yellow birds, perched on a fence of long poles, seem to be guarding the yellow, white and pale blue houses of a "Gated” community in a 48-by-36-inch canvas by White.

Red birds form a barrier between white, empty space and a reddish-brown "Thicket” in a horizontal acrylic by White, while seven birds float over seven levitating vertical rods in "Keep Them Spinning.”

Floating "Embers” menace four birds seeking shelter in gray-white prairie grass in a 36-by-36-inch White acrylic, and an orange sky threatens to torch or tear apart a "Fireperch” in a vertical work.


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ART REVIEW
"Birds of a Feather”
Where: JRB Art at The Elms gallery, 2810 N Walker.

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, through March 28.

Information: 528-6336 or www.jrbartgallery.

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