reviews

  • Sylvia Lark

    Jeremy Stone Gallery

    Sylvia Lark’s strongest abstractions spring from a tension between expression and containment. Over the past several years her monoprints have developed into richly evocative images. Frequently, a multiply printed organic shape and a solid background, both in layered clear colors, are the foundation for judicious strokes of pastel or oil stick. The compositions strike a precise balance between form, space, and marks, and often suggest a psychically “centered,” radiant presence emitting sparks of pure energy.

    Lark’s first paintings, comprising the bulk of this show, dramatically switch her palette

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  • Les Levine

    Media artist Les Levine once described TV as “easy magic.” In his videotape Einstein: A Nuclear Comedy, 1983, he performs the conjurer’s trick of resurrecting the great scientist through the process of “deep television,” a technique enabling Levine to interview individuals dead up to a hundred years. (As the narrator relates, “Small details such as the noses may change.”) Played by the bulbous-nosed Eli Delauro, Levine’s Einstein is the quintessential Italian- or Eastern European–looking grandfather of socialist persuasion; we discover that his secret fantasy was to have been a music hall

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