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Drawing portraits and figures may be becoming fashionable again

People draw people for all kinds of reasons. Maybe my college textbook was right, and that ancient image in Lascaux depicts a shaman figure. Or maybe it was somebody cracking himself up by drawing his friend Og with a bird head. Who knows?

Elsewhere Around Town

Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery features "Weights and Measures," prints by Richard Serra, the artist best known for his massive, macho, minimalist sculptures. Here, dense aquatints are printed on sections of heavy handmade paper. Serra manages to create a strong sense of physicality on a two-dimensional surface -- the printed paper approaches the texture and surface of deep black asphalt.

They don't need blankies: Joey Fauerso's Luz 
and Peter.
Courtesy of Inman Gallery
They don't need blankies: Joey Fauerso's Luz and Peter.

In "As Noted" in the front gallery, Chad Sager makes precious objects out of notebook paper doodles. Sager mimics the pale blue and pink ruling lines of crappy notebook pages on outsize sheets of thick, expensive paper. Spiraling scrawls over a margin suddenly seem to have great import, as does a simulated letter whose heading, return address, salutation, body, closing and signature have all been obsessively scribbled out. Both shows through August 7 at Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, 4520 Blossom, 713-863-7097.At Mackey Gallery, Christopher Olivierpresents lush digital photographs in saturated hues that look like electric watercolors. The manipulated digital layers of colors puddle up in abstract forms. Olivier then prints them on satin, giving them an added luminosity. Through August 23 at Mackey Gallery, 5111 Center, 713-850-8527.

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