Art review: 'Figures of Speech' exhibit at JRB Art at the Elms in Oklahoma City

Denise Duong's mixed media works and Ginna Dowling's prints find contradictions in language and memories, while George Oswalt's oil paintings juggle animals and people in shows at JRB Art at The Elms in Oklahoma City.
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Modified: November 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm •  Published: November 8, 2013
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Denise Duong's mixed media works and Ginna Dowling's prints find contradictions in language and memories, while George Oswalt's oil paintings juggle animals and people in shows at JRB Art at The Elms.

“Figures of Speech” is the collective title of the three exhibits, which runs through Nov. 30, at the Paseo Arts District gallery.

An exotic, colorfully clad woman falls past golden, flowering branches, apparently carefree, before hitting the ground, in Duong's “Accidentally on Purpose,” a work whose title perfectly fits her “Oxymoron” series.

In another mixed media acrylic by Duong, a lady with a wild, horizontal hairdo, partly covered by a flowery drape, in front of a band of red and chalk-like scribbles, points a black pistol at us in “A Just War.”

A speckled purple, gold and turquoise background gives extra pizzazz to Duong's “Quietly Loud.” Duong is an Oklahoma City-Vietnamese artist.

A stark black-and-white graphic quality also distinguishes Norman artist Dowling's best work, a large relief print collage of a little girl, standing on peanut shells, in front of a city skyline, called “Reconciling Memories.”

Oklahoma City artist Oswalt juggles animals and people as well as realistic and surrealistic, landscape and nude figurative elements, with poetic intelligence and painterly passion, in his “Post Pop Parade” series.