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Art review: Oklahoma City show reacts to nature

Works of sculptor Don Narcomey and painter Liz Roth are featured in combined exhibit at JRB Art at the Elms in Oklahoma City.
By John Brandenburg, For The Oklahoman Modified: July 11, 2014 at 6:39 pm •  Published: July 13, 2014
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Two artists react to “Nature” in radically different ways — but with masterful technique — in a pair of concurrent shows by sculptor Don Narcomey and painter Liz Roth at JRB Art at The Elms, 2810 N Walker.

“Symbiotic” is the title of one work by Narcomey, but it might also stand for the at times contradictory, more often complementary, relationship between the Edmond artist, his craftmanship and natural materials.

Dark wooden “teeth” hold together the two parts of a pale, egglike wooden shape, cracked roughly in half, and pierced by copper wires that seem to cradle a wooden, heartlike organ, near its center, in “Symbiotic.”

More lyrical is a Narcomey work in which a wooden wave appears to “Splash” up from its base, and a second in which a gestural root figure seems to strike a “Dance” pose on one leg, in front of rusted metal.

Whitened, branchlike shapes traverse a rusted steel plane, interspersed with roots, and bits of metal, in Narcomey’s “The Day I Found You,” a painting-like work whose title could refer to romance or its found elements.

White shapes seem to sprout, like antlers, from the split, rusted metal and wooden body of Narcomey’s “Voyager,” a sculpture whose overall shape suggests a ship, exploring external or internal mysteries.

More self-contained is “Whole (Forty-Five),” a Narcomey wall work consisting of the cross-section of a weathered log, adorned with multicolored metal inserts, its circumference festooned with rusty spikes.

A wooden “Flower” blossoms atop a pale stalk, growing from a dirt-dark wooden base, and polyurethane foam forms resemble empty ice-cream cones, inside a mattress, in two more works by Narcomey.

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ART REVIEW

‘Nature’ — works by Don Narcomey and Liz Roth

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, through July 31.

Where: JRB Art at The Elms, 2810 N Walker.

Info: 528-6336 or www.jrbartgallery.com.

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