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.
The glorious color and light breathing through the paintings and collages in Stephanie Franks' show that just opened at The Bowery Gallery are well-worth a visit. Even the black & white drawings breathe color and light. Many of the pieces were inspired from observation of a reality in front or held within a master painter like Bonnard, but Steffi transforms that original reality into her own painterly world of pure form and joy. The show is up through April 23.