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Show highlights interplay between real and surreal

JOHN BRANDENBURG
For The Oklahoman
Modified: March 12, 2013 at 5:23 pm •  Published: March 12, 2013
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Somewhat surreal, too, is Clymer’s ceramic, acrylic and encaustic “Growth Cylinder,” a log-like column with holes in it through which pointed, worm-like creatures seem to be emerging.

No less effective in toying with and stimulating our sensibilities is a rough looking “Earthenware ceramic vessel by Clymer, held up by and filled with natural looking but perhaps painted branches.

Even more charmingly creepy and provocative is Clymer’s “The Early Wurm Gets the Bird,” a graphite and acrylic depiction on panel of a worm-like creature emerging from the ground to menace flying white water birds.

For her part, Bradway combines ornate, deftly executed graphite drawings and sculptural elements with what appear to be small bird and animal skulls in her mixed media wooden wall hangings.

A white animal skull seems to be poised over the top of a triangular mountain, with gesturing hand-antlers, like a bizarre wall trophy, in Bradway’s “The End is the Beginning Again,” to name a case in point.

The exhibit is highly recommended during its run through April 28 at the gallery.

Hours are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Call 831-2874 or visit the website at www.istvangallery.com for information.