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Firehouse showcases its arts faculty in new Norman show

The 2012 “Faculty Art Show” is on view through July 28 at the Firehouse Art Center in Norman.
BY JOHN BRANDENBURG Published: June 17, 2012

Bill Boettcher gives us holes, so that we can look through an untitled, red granite, sunburst-like sculpture, on a wooden stand, and an organic-looking, alabaster sculpture, on a slab of black granite.

Elyse Bogart offers us a striking “Knocker” neckpiece, made from silver and amethyst. Almost equally eye-catching are a silver and agate necklace by Lacy Jo Burgess, and a pearl pendant by Larry Tallent.

Graphically communicating the appeal of Norman street life are Richard Jepsen's black-and-white photos of a downtown diner and a helmeted newspaper vendor, pulling his cart toward us.

Alexis Rodgers brings a nice delicacy of feeling to two small “Hair Pot” vessels, and Joe Cox minimally decorates a small, bulbous, quietly appealing “Seed Pot.”

A Japanese lantern-like shape seems to traverse the picture plane almost cubistically, like an illuminated version of Marcel Duchamp's “Nude Descending a Staircase,” in a drawing by Pamela Bradford. Done in black, white and shades of gray, with a graphite pencil, Bradford calls her understated, but elegant composition, “Descending Lamp.”

Firehouse director Douglas Shaw Elder laminates many layers of polychrome plywood into a dark, one-sided, comma- or teardrop-like shape, cut off by the plane of the base, in a work from his “Totemic Series.”

The 2012 Faculty Art Show is highly recommended during its run through July 28.

— John Brandenburg