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“Gathering Forces”

Brody's Gallery / Gallery K

This joint exhibition featured the recent work of a loosely associated group of artists who met at the Corcoran School of Art and who now call themselves “Gathering Forces.” It comprised 35 works of drawing, sculpture, and assemblage, all linked, as Martha McWilliams states in an accompanying essay, by a shared belief in “meaning, the significance of myth and dream, and in art’s capacity to express emotional and spiritual realities.” Genna Watson and John Dickson, the most sophisticated of the group, seem to be its inspiration—both lecture at the Corcoran School and use assemblage techniques. Dickson’s assemblages, such as Washington Inversion, 1989, feature diverse found objects—lamps, typewriters, stuffed fish, an animal horn—congealed together with strands of resin that evoke decay. Watson’s mixed-media tableaux include furniture, sticks, dolls, and hollow wire figures; patined silver-gray,

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