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Mixed media come together in show at Oklahoma City gallery

“Fabrication,” a show by Brooklyn artist Gail Rothschild, runs through Sept. 28 at JRB Art at The Elms in Oklahoma City
Published: September 12, 2013

In the “Fabrication” compositions found in a show by Brooklyn artist Gail Rothschild at JRB Art at The Elms, 2810 N Walker, loose-knit fabric works are painted rather than stitched and appear to be coming apart — or coming together.

Other shows through Sept. 28 at JRB include the “Sentimental Recollections” by Redlands Community College arts coordinator Nick Bayer and ceramics by Oklahoma City artist Harolyn Long.

Yellow knitting appears to be unraveling to offer us a view of the pearly gray heavens in Rothschild's 40-by-30-inch “Rapture (After Tiepolo) Gold” acrylic canvas. Revealing a white background through loosening stitches are the green fibers of Rothschild's “Cheena Vala” watercolor on paper, and the blue threads in “The Difficult Synthesis of Indigo.”

Comic book-like words and rock 'em, sock 'em imagery give a strong pop art feeling to two acrylic-on-paper paintings by Bayer, called “Blam” and “Trouble at the Old Lighthouse.”

Combining painting, sculpture and kinetic art is Bayer's “Better Days,” a large, two-sided construction in which a man rows a boat atop a blue wooden wave with oars that actually move.

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