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.
Adding to the drama, adventure and ambiguity of “Better Days” are an owl, a camp trailer, airplanes, an American flag, a city skyline, a fistful of cash, and a boy diving off the front of the boat, either for fun or to escape.
The contemporary ceramic creations by Long, who is described as “a master of the raku method,” have a strong concept and sculptural presence as well as a low-key sense of humor.
The three shows are recommended viewing during their run at JRB, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a large portfolio box containing prints by ten gallery artists. For more information, go online to www.jrbartgallery.com.
— John Brandenburg
• Where: JRB at The Elms, 2810 N Walker.
• When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays through Sept 28.
• Information: Call 528-6336 or go to www.jrb