Art at Dean Jensen, Tory Folliard Worth Another Look
Dean Jensen Gallery
currently offers new work by photographer Sonja Thomsen in the exhibition “Re:
Current” (through May 29). The displayed photographs represent Thomsen’s work
from her 2008 residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat located on Florida’s Gulf
Thomsen, her art as
elegant as ever, creates masterful nature prints through otherworldly scenes.
Thomsen’s new series, “Proscenium,” features 12 interrelated images, each
framed by a drawn curtain that puts the coastline, shore and sky on a stage.
Light and shadow change in each picture in accordance with the time of day, as
natural drama unfolds in serene, still scenes.
photograph titled Henry poignantly
refers to the passage of time by capturing one day’s messages written in chalk
on a blackboard. The photograph catches fleeting events: bridge, pinochle, golf
and, appropriately for a picture about the cycle of time, the fact that “Henry
Mastie died today 10 a.m. with his family by his side. Funeral is Fri.”
In the Historic
Third Ward, Tory Folliard Gallery presents “Dennis Nechvatal: New Paintings and
Drawings” (through May 29). Nechvatal, a well-established painter, mesmerizes
viewers with his acrylic images and metalwork.
Nechvatal’s Face/Mask #1 (80 Mask Series) attaches
80 small, hand-cut and hand-formed tin masks to a wooden panel. The abstract
face markings on each mask display individual, primal energy. When the painting
is viewed from a distance, another personality emerges from behind the masks. The
large-scale hidden portrait is vaguely unnerving, with its pensive pair of lips
and piercing eyes that stare directly at the viewer. Mysterious and modern,
Nechvatal’s face series stretches the imagination.
landscapes and still lifes vividly recreate surrealistic idealism, the
paintings attuned to nature’s peaceful presence. Nechvatal’s numbered
“Landscape Study” seriesreveals this
notion with delicate details provided by every stroke of the brush.
Thomsen and Nechvatal may work in different mediums, but they both demonstrate sophisticated, creative concepts that are worthy of multiple viewings.