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Ed McGowin

Lolas-Jackson Gallery

“Inscape” is the term Ed McGowin uses to describe his brand of visual story-telling. The term encompasses both his three-dimensional sculptures and his two-dimensional wall reliefs. The sculptures, such as the artist’s monument to William Faulkner in Mississippi, are a strange marriage of architecture and stage design whereby neo-Modernist structures are punctuated by windows and/or peepholes looking into sets which tellingly elaborate on a subject (the Faulkner piece is a tableau meditation on As I Lay Dying). The wall reliefs are brilliantly orchestrated explosions of right-angled fragments, wherein occasional Plexiglas windows are framed by the flyaway geometry of the whole.

The wall reliefs, all that was shown here, reveal themselves all at once, with literal story angles shooting off into space in a cognitive burst that implies narrative while simultaneously refusing to conform to

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