Mixed media highlights Paseo Originals Art Gallery show

One or two stylized creatures, with multiple legs, seem to hang in the center and lower parts of the mixed-media mobile yellow and black “Caterpillar” in an art show at Paseo Originals Art Gallery in Oklahoma City.
Published: October 8, 2013
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Artwork hangs in space, on the walls and is displayed on pedestals in a show of work by artists Sharon J. Montgomery, Nathan Lee and David Alan Corbin at Paseo Originals Art Gallery, 2920 Paseo.

Most serendipitous are the five powdered steel and one mixed media mobiles — which have a lighthearted sense of whimsy — by Montgomery, an Oklahoma City artist, poet and teacher who formerly lived 10 years in Santa Fe, N.M.

One or two stylized creatures, with multiple legs, seem to hang in the center and lower parts of Montgomery's yellow and black “Caterpillar,” the parts of which are loosely connected by chains.

A yellow and black feathered headdress, matched by gold and black decorations on the dangling, cutout, pale blue-green and violet body, gives an exotic, neo primitive deity feel to her mixed media “Muse” mobile.

A bit more austere, despite its title, is Montgomery's “Whiskers the Cat and Her Dog,” a mobile in which cutout letters create negative space in the hanging, chain-linked “body” of the powdered steel sculpture.

There is a more minimal feel to the semiabstract, semifigurative, at times landscape-like acrylic paintings from the “Arctica” series of Oklahoma City resident Lee, director of “Inclusion in Art” for racial diversity.

A vaguely figurative blue-green-purplish shape emerges from the white background, yet has considerable presence, like a human body or sculpture of one, in three works form Lee's “Semblance of Life” series.

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