ART REVIEW
JRB's 'Fusion' showcases international influences

BY JOHN BRANDENBURG
Contributing Writer
Modified: November 5, 2010 at 4:53 pm •  Published: November 5, 2010
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A good balance of realistic and stylized elements is found in JRB at the Elms’ new exhibit “Fusion.”

The exhibit by Oklahoma residents Skip Hill, an African American artist, Chinese-born artist Nick Wu, Kuwait native Sohail Shehada and Carlos Tello, from Mexico City, was set to open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. today at 2810 N. Walker.

Oklahoma City artist Tello creates a dynamic interaction between warm earth colors and rugged physiques as well as abstract and muralistic aspects of his often texturized, mixed media acrylic works.

Nude, hairless, muscular men seem to be fighting in a confined space over a pink liquid, pouring from a pail, tipped up, but not quite held by godlike hands, over their heads, in Tello’s “Warm Stoicism.”

Similar, more blue-skinned figures, one of which even has features, appear to be trying to escape from strange, shattered, concrete molds in Tello’s “Breaking the Myths.”

Codelike surface markings add intrigue to Tello’s equine paintings of an “Aztec Horse” and an “Andaluz” — two works which are a little less mural-like and more painterly.

Cubistic, and wittily satiric, are the larger mixed media acrylic collage paintings and smaller ink on paper works of Oklahoma City artist Hill, a Texas native who has lived in Thailand and the Netherlands.

Large, rounded hairdos and period bustle dresses, interact with art history references, giving a welcome note of whimsy to Hill’s paintings of “La Menina (With Red Hair)” and of “Leda and the Swan.”

A lightly cubistic gold, black and blue-violet ink drawing of an exotically clad woman, blowing a pink bubble, is depicted over a passage about a famous work by Picasso in Hill’s “Demoiselle Avec Bubblegum.

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