Two concurrent solo exhibitions grace Aisle Gallery through Jan. 7. In Chris Vorhees: Drawings, the artist has translated imagery into fields of letters, numbers and symbols, calling to mind the streaming animations of data that decorated the Matrix films. The suite of drawings of mundane objects and scenes are interrupted by a work that depicts a skeletal reaper. All of these works’ fluctuation between recognizable images, symbols and data seem nihilistic towards the tension between the “real” and the virtual.
The adjacent Aaron Cowan: Paintings exhibit is driven by a heavy concept of tracking the artist’s use of his own time and translating these records into a system of colors to make abstract paintings. Without the burden of that information, the paintings are compelling exercises in additive and subtractive techniques, with lots of dripped paint and sanding involved. My favorites are a diptych, an olive green one striped in red (dirty gin martini meets Barnett Newman) and an ochre monochrome in which the soupy paint puddles on the surface. Aisle is located at 424 Findlay St. on the third floor.
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