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.
The feet of a naked woman and a dark horse don't quite touch the ground as they seem to be trying to outrun a blue car on the highway in Oswalt's 56-by-56-inch “Unpredictable Velocity” oil canvas.
A rose bush becomes a metaphor for the “Full Bloom” of a nude redhead in Oswalt's oil of that title, and a brunette partly, standing under a starry sky, covers her nakedness with leafy vines, in his “Indian Summer Noir.”
Equally memorable is Oswalt's “Excavated Places,” which portrays a white horse, a bulldog, and a nude woman on her knees, next to red high heels.
In Oswalt's “Hidden Agenda,” we are eyed by two cats, one red and one black, and by a modern, robed, red-haired woman who may be the same person as a brunette, dressed as a traditional geisha.
The three related “Figures of Speech” shows are highly recommended.
— John Brandenburg