The current two-person show at CTRL Gallery, Jackie Gendel and Valerie Hegarty, features two painters painters whose work seems to comment on the art form itself. At the foreground of Houston-born, now New York-based artist Jackie Gendels work are simple faces or groups of stick figure-like people. The Stylist features a simply drawn woman up front, with layer upon layer of oil paint in the background; its as if Gendel used the material itself to build up emotional or spiritual complexity.
Valerie Hegarty, also a New Yorker, is less abstract but no less thought--provoking. Hegarty re-creates famous works of art and shows them literally destroyed. Homer Was Swept Away shows a classical Greek painting with heavy water damage in a bent frame, as if it had been swept away in a flood, while George Washington Eroded is a portrait of the first president, flaked, peeling and crumbling; it looks like the sort of thing archeologists from the year 3500 would extract from the ruins of what was the United States of America.
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Creepy and contemplative in their subtleties, Gendel and Hegarty should please art hounds and thinking people alike. (Dont miss the chance to catch this exhibit; the show closes January 12.) 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 3907 Main. For information, call 713-5232875 or visit www.ctrlgallery.com. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: Dec. 1. Continues through Jan. 12, 2007