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Art review: 'The Unexplored'

A chance to investigate “The Unexplored” terrain of the imaginations and choice of media of six “emerging artists” is being offered at MAINSITE Contemporary Art Gallery
Oklahoman Modified: December 19, 2012 at 11:43 pm •  Published: December 21, 2012

More direct, naively appealing and whimsical, are the small, framed, mixed media acrylic collage depictions of animals, adorned with buttons, shells, stamps, bits of text, and even a spoon, by Colorado artist Coleman.

Particularly charming Coleman works include one of a “Silly Old Bear,” rubbing its back on a branch, and another of a large moose, accompanied by a warning to stay at least 25 yards away from it.

Equally positive, accessible and user-friendly are the small, multilayered, labor-intensive, papercut compositions of Oklahoma City-based artist Coldren.

A cutout leaf pattern encircles Coldren's pastel-hued “Joy Runs Deeper Than Despair,” for example. Other Coldren creations suggest cross-sections of geodes or a Rorschach test-like excavation into an “Inkblot” paper canyon.

Edmond artist Owen contributes jewelry and a series of open, globe-like painted metal sculptures, plus several small, square abstract acrylic paintings on bamboo board, and a much larger painting on Masonite, covered with black, tarlike drips.

Burns is an Oklahoma City-based photographer and designer.

Legally blind in his left eye, almost from birth, Burns mimics his lack of depth perception and shares it with viewers in an installation which lets them look at his double black-and-white photos, seen through his version of nineteenth century stereoscopic viewers.

“The Unexplored: Emerging Artists Show” is well worth visiting during the rest of its run at the NAC's gallery.

— John Brandenburg