Elements from the natural world become characters in the collages of Heimir Björgúlfsson, currently on view in the show "The Classical" at CTRL Gallery. Björgúlfsson cuts out photos of things like rocks and plants and inserts them into various photographic settings. Giant hunks of mineral ore appear to inch along aerial telephone lines like commandos.
Chunks of cactus stand like tourists posing for a photo in front of a stunning mountain backdrop. Two rocks levitate high in the air, each just touching the other as if pausing to kiss while viewing the surf below them. As formally lovely as it is endearingly strange, Björgúlfsson's highly original work inspires a multitude of narratives.
(Through April 2, CTRL Gallery, 3907 Main Street, 713-523-2875)