The title Entropvisions is in homage to my mother, the poet and art critic, Harriet Zinnes. In 1990 New Directions published a collection of her poems titled Entropisms, a word she made-up combining entropy - the tendency toward disorder - and tropism - the growth towards or away from a stimulus. Similarly, my short reviews combine entropy and tropism by suggesting growth towards a vision of art from the chaos of the art world. Through the back door, my title also pays homage to my physicist father, Irving Zinnes, whose long discussions with my mom got her thinking about entropy and tropism in the first place.
I was able to attend the very lively opening of Still, a group still
life exhibition hanging at Platform Project Space in DUMBO through Oct.
29. With eclectic juxtapositions of straight representation, emotional
expression, and seemingly pure abstraction, this show, curated by Elizabeth Hazan, gives a broad view of the many contemporary approaches to still life painting. Patrick Neal 's mysterious combination of red onions, Snake Plant and drapery that suggests foliage,
and perhaps even insidious snakes questioning the actual Snake Plant,
is painted with subtle warm and cool transitions that add even more
mystery to the scene. Hanging in the adjacent corner is Lizbeth Mitty
's very red painting of a long table with flowers that points to Alice
in Wonderland's Mad Hatter scene where everything is just a bit skewed
from reality - in an exciting and stimulating way. Audrey Levinthal
evocative painting of image overlays allows the dreaming of all kinds of
dreams, while Trevor Winfield's floral brings us back to earth with a
vibrant color that is grounded in form. Contrasting with it all is
Jacob Patrick Brooks' abstraction that pushes the experience of still
life beyond its physical appearance. Also in the show are works by Olive Ayhens, Ezra Johnson, Mary Jo Vath, Susan Jane Walp
and B. Wurtz. An added benefit to attending the exhibition was being
able to sneak to the back studio where the glorious color of Elizabeth
Hazan's paintings hang in various stages of completion.