Comments by JR Compton
hoped to make a cover story of this annual show but was disappointed
in its uneven quality, though there's
certainly enough outstanding work for an amazing, though
far less crowded, exhibition.
through the show while the crowd was still thin, my first
photo choice was Jerry
Field's superb, simple and allusive Tornado (above),
which I see as twisting trees and a blowing barn.
T.Stone - Santa
Anna, Texas - pressed steel
was startled to see T.Stone's bright, elegant piece
that still reminds me of flames and more than a few of
at the opening of Winged
No doubt it's one of the two or three best pieces
in this show.
was surprised, because it was also (very appropriately)
on the Fire wall at the recent Elements show
there, and the Bath House usually prohibits exhibiting
work in its shows more
more of Terri Stone's work on her
DARts Member Page.
Jerry Dodd - Saucer Attack
steel and paint (detail)
As the crowd swelled toward
the awards ceremony, watching people watch the
art was especially fun. Above, painter and University
of Dallas. art professor Jurgen
Strunck ponders Jerry
Dodd's colorful, fun, floating steel piece.
At top right, a tiny green piece of James
Crowe's lofty kinetic sculpture extends into
more of James Crowe's work on his
DARts Member page.
Bob Bird - Flower
from Brazil, 2002 - oil
there for the sculpture — by far my favorite medium,
and for a long time, I overlooked Bob
I began to appreciate
them, especially his Flower
from Brazil (above),
in which the gently curving, yet flat pastel, post-O'Keefe
seem dimensionally held back from the in-your-face
splatter of sharply delineated petals.
Diana Chase - Chakra
Totem, glass and ceramic
piece I warm to later was Diana
Chase's exotic, (originally, I thought,
too) multi-colorful, translucent glass flower. Luckily,
I photographed it — because I've usually liked her
studied the image, I grew more and more
fond of its careful construction, unified, organic
shapes — especially its dense blue and green forms
and the transparent spikes — although the vertical, color
banding still seem too much.