Edwin David Grat: "Postscaenium"

Painter Edwin David Grat has said he makes an effort to stay "naive, perceptive and spontaneous." Those brave enough to explore "Postscaenium," his solo exhibition opening at the Jung Center, will encounter enough thought-provoking work to make them question the naivete part of that statement. Grat's claim that he "has no discipline in the behavioral sciences" is equally hard to believe, given his art's gripping portrayal of light against dark and individualism against herd mentality. His cerebral acrylic paintings, coated in beige and prison gray, feature crowds of faceless bodies that are a jarring thrill to behold. The figures appear bright compared to the drab backgrounds they're set against; anyone who's ever felt trapped in the system will relate. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Through September 28. 5200 Montrose. For information, call 713-524-8253 or visit www.junghouston.org. Free.
Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Starts: Sept. 9. Continues through Sept. 28, 2009
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