Floyd Newsum's "Primary Concerns"

Local artist Floyd Newsum's exhibit "Primary Concerns" focuses on what he calls fractured landscapes - that is, landscapes that are not based on reality, but rather, use reality as a point of departure. His work is filled with the repeated use of symbols and abstract patterns, including his signature ladders, fish, houses and birds. Another reoccurring image is a checkerboard, dotted with X's and O's, a half-filled tic-tac-toe.

Often compared to, and exhibited with, other Texas artists such as Bert Long, John Biggers and Jesse Lott, the Memphis born-and-raised Newsum has been in Houston for more than 30 years now, teaching art at the University of Houston-Downtown. He'll attend Friday's opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Regular viewing hours for "Primary Concerns" are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through November 22. Joan Wich & Co. Gallery, 4411 Montrose. For information, call 713-526-1551 or visit www.joanwichgallery.com. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: Oct. 17. Continues through Nov. 22, 2008

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