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Black and white photos, paintings and sculptures featured in Oklahoma City art exhibit

Beth Hammack’s nonrepresentational, mostly white acrylic paintings, Doug Hoke’s black-and-white photos turning city buildings into abstractions, and John Wolfe’s sculptures fusing figures with furniture, are on view at JRB Art at The Elms in Oklahoma City.
By John Brandenburg Published: May 7, 2014
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Beth Hammack’s nonrepresentational, mostly white acrylic paintings, Doug Hoke’s black-and-white photos turning city buildings into abstractions, and John Wolfe’s sculptures fusing figures with furniture are on view at JRB Art at the Elms.

The Oklahoma City artists’ works will be displayed through May 31 in the gallery in the Paseo Arts District.

Hammack is an artist whose background in interior and jewelry design subliminally informs her graphite and acrylic on canvas paintings that are medium to large format and much more abstract than realistic.

An unmoored, yellowish-green, vaguely vegetal, almost island-like shape occupies the center and seems to jump from one canvas to the other in Hammack’s large, two-part “Tuileries Garden” composition.

A red rectangle in the lower righthand corner provides us with a “Window of Opportunity” into one Hammack composition, while a dark shape that looks a little like a “Black Chicken” supplies a good focal point for a second.

Varying the off-white dominance of Hammack’s paintings is one in which naively rendered “Birds in the Yucatan” struggle to emerge from the mostly rough gray, rather than white, bark-enhanced background.

Hoke shifts gears from his work as photography director at The Oklahoman to emphasize — nearly to the point of abstraction — the black-and-white geometry of city architectural subjects, often seen from odd angles.

The dark, globular fixtures of a “Lamp,” seen from directly below, appear to loom over us, like a giant insect, and reflections in slotlike windows are turned into an urban piano “Keyboard,” in two of Hoke’s best pictures.

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ART REVIEW

Paintings by Beth Hammack, photos by Doug Hoke, sculptures by John Wolfe

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

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

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

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