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.

Elisa Jensen & Judy Pfaff at Paula Salisbury
2021.6.21
I'm so glad I was able to see Elisa Jensen's solo show at Pamela Salisbury Gallery in Hudson, NY, with the added gift of experiencing Judy Pfaff's installation extraordinaire, supplemented with a few of her 2-d pieces. Having written the catalogue essay for Elisa's Zurcher show recently, not surprisingly I couldn't help but compare the two shows. The Zurcher show comprised her paintings of mythic birds from the Celtic traditions, which I'd felt metaphorically represent the eternity of time. Elisa's paintings at Salisbury were of individual, actual observed moments in her quiet time of covid quarantine. Though on the surface the intentions of both bodies of work are completely different, I actually felt a deep connection. Though the birds suggested the infinity of time, they themselves actually moved, often quickly, in an atmosphere of space, while the recent observed images, representing our current reality, actually were absolutely still, frozen moments of time. Time, contemplation, meditation and our eternal connection to the world beyond breathe deeply in both groups of paintings. The light in the recent work also glows, creating beautiful nuances of very felt color. Posted here are a sample of Elisa's and Pfaff's work.

Elisa Jensen

Judy Pfaff

Elisa Jensen

Elisa Jensen

Elisa Jensen

Judy Pfaff

Judy Pfaff

Judy Pfaff