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James DeWoody

Mary Ryan Gallery

James DeWoody first showed a talent for bringing out the dynamic aspects of form and color in the abstract paintings and sculptures he did between 1972 and 1982. Over the last five years, the lively zigzag patterns and faceted shapes he has favored have started to take on decidedly associative connotations, bringing to mind certain architectural references, such as the tower. DeWoody's vision has tended to develop in a decidedly representational direction, though the key to discerning the symbolic content of his work lies in apprehending its special concrete qualities, insinuated as they are in the abstract elements of line, plane, and color.

Most of the works on display were devoted to explorations of urban themes, while a few came from DeWoody's ongoing series investigating the sport of baseball. DeWoody uses a technique called pochoir, a process of printing involving the use of stencils,

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