For each painting or drawing, Miranda begins with a line and allows his imagination to run free. In the same way poetry is naturally abstract and full of metaphor, Mirandas paintings invite interpretation from the viewer. One person sees a bull, another sees a person and a third sees E.T., the extraterrestrial creature from the Steven Spielberg film. Certainly the paintings make us think about our own animal natures and even the way animals sometimes mimic human behavior. It all goes hand-in-hoof, according to Miranda. The main idea of the exhibition is to show how animals have something to do with humans and humans have something to do with animals, he says. I like that topic in particular.
Mirandas work in recent years is quite striking in contrast with his previous art. Now in his seventies, the artist is making work that feels more vibrant than ever. Over the years my work has gained more textures, more colors, more form, he says. It has grown and expanded aesthetically, but it has remained true to its origins. Opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. February 3. Regular viewing hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through February 26. Koelsch Gallery, 703 Yale. For information, call 713-626-0175 or visit www.koelschgallery.com. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Feb. 3. Continues through Feb. 26, 2011