Desmond Mason's 10-year career as a National Basketball Association player may be over, but his artistic options are considerable, based on his work at the Oklahoma State Capitol, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd.
A bold use of color and manipulation of paint is found in many of the large, abstract, mostly acrylic paintings in Mason's “Generation Next: Chapter 1” exhibit in the capitol's East Gallery.
Six vertical and seven horizontal black marks accent a background that brings to mind a snowy forest in an acrylic and spray paint on wood composition called “Generation Next.”
Offering a commentary on this upbeat-sounding title, written between the marks, is a longer subtext, “The 13th Generation Will Be the Lost Generation,” which is scratched or written near the top of the work.
Reminiscent of a snow-clad forest, too, is an untitled acrylic canvas in which evergreen trees are vaguely suggested, in front of a blue-violet winter sky.
Somewhat similar, but more abstract, is “Snowfall in the Forest,” an acrylic in which tiny specks of white paint dust a dark brown paper and canvas surface that resembles rusted metal.
Powerful, too, is a large untitled acrylic canvas in which broad or narrow gray-black and crimson marks provide visual punctuation for the work's blue and white, sky-like, background spaces.
Even more ambitious are two very large, abstract expressionistic acrylic canvases, called “Nebula's Aftermath” and a “Tribute to (Mark) Rothko,” which provide the show with giant bookends, of a sort.
IF YOU GO
‘Generation Next: Chapter 1'
Where: Oklahoma State Capitol's East Gallery, 2300 N Lincoln Blvd.
When: 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through July 1.
For more information: Call 521-2931 or visit the website at www.arts.ok.gov.