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art: Chance Encounters

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With this gargantuan mural, an inflated appetite certainly grows and consumes whoever stands before it. Dripping paint, not quick splats a la Jackson Pollock but prolonged pours crawl around "Gula" like alien vines. Along side these spidery trails are bloated shapes that seem to be losing their gas like spent balloons. A kind of Dr. Seuss fantasy gone berserk, "Gula" undermines any desire for figural firmness while providing an absorbing environment in which to travel.

Gregg Carbo's cool paper collages in his "Infinity Series" feature arrangements of circles in various brilliant patterns on crisp white paper. Having friends throw the patterned circles on the paper, Carbo conceptualizes a seductive tension between implied movement and static space. These samples provide a clean, restrained counterpoint to Trepanier's flaccid figures and better yet, a joyful expression of beauty found through chance. — Paulette Roberts-Pullen



Heide Trepanier's installation and Gregg Carbo's paintings are on display at 1708 Gallery through April 26.

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