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.

Elena Sisko, Eric Wolf, Seth Becker & Lias Hoke at Pamela Salisbury 
2022.4.12
The Pamela Salisbury Gallery in Hudson always hosts provocative multi-solo exhibitions, and the current collection is no exception. Elena Sisto's mostly black and white acrylic paintings hang in the main exhibition spaces on the ground and lower floors. It took me a while to get into her world and past the extreme technical skill and phenomenal sense of organic movement and compositional balance of contrasting forms. Finding that balance is an important part of her process, but so is finding a kind of story, in this case a blend of Wonder Woman and Cleopatra. Once in her world, I found myself believing in her connections and even felt a powerful emotional intent. In contrast are Daniel Wiener's ornate pieces of furniture that are more about an embellishment of visual play than the utility of furniture, but that despite the obvious differences to Elena's work, share a love of organic movement and perfect integration of form. The black and white works on paper by Eric Wolf look back to Elena's back and white, and though generally sparse, share a focus on proportional balance and formal interplay. Also with an interest in formal, organic movement are the constructions by Lias Hoke. Made of repurposed consumer packaging, the exuberance of the colored dance of parts made me feel these pieces were more about glorifying consumerism than condemning it, which of course as a dedicated environmentalist made me quite uncomfortable. On the top floor are the much quieter and somewhat traditional observational paintings by Seth Becker. With a nod to the work hanging below him, he too, is greatly concerned with how he fills the page, but I felt his real interest is in the object, in particular fish - I'm thinking he must be a fisherman. I was most taken, however, with the less realistic paintings like the evocative moonlit sky, where they seem to point to something beyond the almost fetishistic thingness of the thing. The exhibitions run through May 1.

Elena Sisko

Elena Sisko

Elena Sisko

Elena Sisko

Elena Sisko

Elena Sisko

Elena Sisko

Elena Sisko

Elena Sisko

Elena Sisko

Elena Sisko

Elena Sisko

Elena Sisko

Elena Sisko

Daniel Wiener

Daniel Wiener

Daniel Wiener

Daniel Wiener

Eric Wolf

Eric Wolf

Eric Wolf

Eric Wolf

Lias Hoke

Lias Hoke

Seth Becker

Seth Becker

Seth Becker