Last chance, as it closes Friday, to catch Keith Linton's exhibition Evolutions at the Art Academy of Cincinnati (1212 Jackson St., Over-the-Rhine). In photographs, Linton's paintings might look pleasantly two-dimensional and a throwback to Abstract Expressionism, but in actuality these marvelously three-dimensional works are collages protruding from the wall in all sorts of surprising ways and merging seamlessly with his sculpture. The show is homage to, not imitation of, that groundbreaking 20th-century movement.
The Louisville artist invents landscapes picked out by bubble wrap — yes, it works — and also has a series of small, engaging constructions made from studio debris as well as two or three large sculptures in the show. Contemporary industrial products like Styrofoam, plastics and other synthetics have never looked so good. He lists 1960s science fiction and futuristic architecture among his influences. Linton's show, in the Pearlman Gallery, is part of the Academy's 2010/11 visiting artist exhibition series and appears at the same time as an AAC student show in Chidlaw Gallery, plus a street-level show of high school work from the immediate area, a neat packaging of the steps to becoming an artist. Free. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. through Friday.
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