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.

"Dreams within A Dream" at The Lockwood Gallery
2022.4.11
Another stunning exhibition has just opened at The Lockwood Gallery in Kingston, NY. The paintings - or should I say "relief-paintings," as their depth emerges from the wall - by Joel Longenecker ooze and throb with layers of acrylic and oil paint mixed with crushed seashells, while the equally passionate paintings (with one "relief-painting") by Farrell Brickhouse go to real but imagined worlds of people and trees who emerge as if from their own dreams. The quiet paintings by David Pollack serve a beautiful respite from Joel and Farrell's angst, as David's bring us into ourselves, to a place where we can meditatively wander through infinite connections of colored space to find our inner centers. The graffiti-inspired paintings of William Gary grab us away from our meditations and into to a rough world of noise, but these paintings, too, ask us to dream beyond the streets, to nightmares of colliding possibilities. Claudia Renfro has given us her phenomenal imagination, in her sculptures that perhaps grow out of an unconscious surrealism but are much more grounded than actual Surrealist work, and her somewhat cartoony paintings/drawings that blend line with color as she allows her imagination to roam freely on the page. In the back room is a video installation by Beverly Peterson that seems to bring the imagined worlds of illusionistic paintings into a three-dimensional imagined world of illusion. The exhibition's title, Dreams within A Dream, says it all. (Sorry I don't have photos of Beverly's work or Beverly herself.)

Joel Longenecker

Farrell Brickhouse

Claudia Renfro and Michael Lockwood

William Gary

Joel Longenecker

Joel Longenecker, side-view

to show depth of paint

Joel Longenecker

Joel Longenecker, side-view

to show depth of paint

Joel Longenecker

Joel Longenecker

Farrell Brickhouse

Farrell Brickhouse

Farrell Brickhouse

David Pollack

David Pollack

William Gary

William Gary

Claudia Renfro

Claudia Renfro

Claudia Renfro

Claudia Renfro

Claudia Renfro

Claudia Renfro

Alan Goolman and Michael Lockwood