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Dittborn's airmail art challenges your assumptions about his Chilean background

Jumping to conclusions: The images in The 6th History of the Human Face nudge viewers into making certain assumptions -- which may not be entirely accurate.
Blaffer Gallery
Jumping to conclusions: The images in The 6th History of the Human Face nudge viewers into making certain assumptions -- which may not be entirely accurate.

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Through Sunday, May 27; (713)743-9530
Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, entrance no. 16 (off Cullen Boulevard)

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While individual pieces in the show are appealing, the exhibition loses something when viewed as a whole. Its power is somehow diminished. Formally, the paintings become boring. Dittborn seems wedded to the white grounds with primarily black silk-screened images. There is a sort of vintage tabloid feel to the fold and the color, but the overall impression is one of too much white space. All that white space gets really old. In more recent work, he starts to include pale shapes of pastels, but it isn't enough. You like his ideas, his strategy, but things get a little rigid in their execution. You want to see him push his ideas further, explore more, and maybe send something with some more… um… color?

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