Hayden Fosdick's "Paper Compounds": Compelling Cut-And-Paste

Hayden Fosdick's "Paper Compounds": Compelling Cut-And-Paste

Hayden Fosdick's small, minimalist collage works feel right at home on the walls of downtown urban boutique The Tipping Point. The little cut-and-paste jobs, utilizing imagery and paper from a collection of old books the artist inherited from his late father, look like tiny wheat-paste street-art works. Most contain only two or three image components, combined to create a simple, yet visually compelling, hybrid. Fosdick slips up occasionally, but only because he tries, perhaps, to keep it simple, and some of his juxtapositions lack an organic connection. In other words, some pieces feel unfinished.

But there's much to enjoy in this show, like an ear inserted into an incomplete female face, where the earlobe is transformed into the end of a stuck-out tongue; and one in which the upper torso of a woman doing a workout routine springs from the funnel of a tornado. Another plus: The price is right. Most of these pieces can be bought for $150 - $200, just a shade more expensive than that cool pair of PUMA high-tops on the shelf.

Through October 15. The Tipping Point, 1212 Main, 713-655-0443.

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