The Sandra Small Gallery examines the figure in modern art with a collection of works by nine artists. Jim Wainscott builds the nude figure in more than a hundred layers of acrylic paint, submerged between glazes of clear polymer medium. His brush strokes appear suspended in gelatin. The paintings almost have the appearance of a stained glass window. His admiration for the Northern Renaissance is apparent in his ornate backgrounds. Persian rugs and African textiles cradle the delicate flesh of his bare figures.
The nude hides and only reveals herself when we take the time to really look at Robert Harris’ digital photographs.
By cropping the same image three different ways, Harris turns the nude into a trio of harmonious shapes. By bumping up the contrast and introducing primary colors to a black and white photo, the body becomes a series of disjointed parts, similar to a Matisse.
The Expressive Figure, up through Nov. 27, also includes the works of Robert Anderson, Stephanie Cooper, Jackie Esselman Frey, Alex McKibbin, Michael Manning, Myrix and James Oberschlake.
Sandra Small Gallery is located at 124 W. Pike St., Covington. Gallery hours are 1-5 p.m. Saturday and by appointment.
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