Connect the Dots

Laura Lark takes a jab at women's magazines

The conceptual framework behind the sequence might be a pony with many tricks, but the exhibition is still a one-horse show. And that's its only drawback. While each part of the sequence is stunning in itself, the works are very similar to each other. It becomes difficult for the viewer to lend individual attention to each panel. Perhaps that's why Lark included a smaller, more colorful reproduction of one of the panels (Top Depart!) at the end of the sequence. She realized the repetitive works were best viewed as a sequence, so she dished up a slightly more colorful piece of eye candy for us to nibble.

Repetitiveness aside, the works are well worth a look-see. Their theme (fashion magazines are bad, bad, bad) might not be the most original of concepts, but Lark's take on the topic is fresh and technically proficient. And even if we're loath to admit it, the model herself is a beautiful subject, especially if you have a thing for 50-foot-tall women.

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This gal goes from drab to fab in six easy steps.
Courtesy of Lawndale Art Center
This gal goes from drab to fab in six easy steps.


Through January 31; 713-528-5858
Lawndale Art Center, 4912 Main

"Symmetrical Patterns of Def" is an interactive exhibit that tells the tale of Mudbone, a fictional, futuristic MC who's the creation of Otabenga Jones and Associates, a.k.a. Jamal Cyrus, Kenya Evans and Robert Pruitt (whose New Kiddz in the Hood recently garnered him top honors at Lawndale's "Big Show"). By giving us a peek at hip-hop's uncertain future, OJA tells us about its exploited past and present.

Although latently political in nature, the exhibition is also a lot of fun. Its "ancient" artifacts include rhyme books, junky turntables and a stack of played-out rap cassettes, all enclosed in glass cases worthy of a history museum. A permanent marker dangles from a string on one of the poles in the gallery space, encouraging us to tag the exhibition. A mural covers an entire wall in the upstairs gallery, where classic hip-hop albums have been arranged in the shape of the African slave trade route. The exhibition somehow manages to walk the line between heavy politics and lighthearted pastiche, all the while sporting a pair of old-school Adidas.

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