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.
Howard Schwartzberg at The Private Public Gallery
In Hudson, NY, I was able to see the Pamela Salisbury and Private Public Galleries, both with interesting shows worth visits. I'll post a review of the Salisbury shows soon. The Private Public Gallery is just a year or so old, and foretells to become one of Hudson's go-to spots. Housed in a large loft-like space, its mission is to exhibit large-scale work, and the current show of sculpture by Howard Schwartzberg is no exception. Schwartzberg's exhibition title, "Before Painting," along with his statement about using elements of painting - stretchers, canvas, the 3-dimensional illusions flat paint can evoke - suggest a focus on form and technique, but I actually felt the metaphoric suggestions of personal yet hidden narratives to have a greater power that brought me into a place where I wanted to stay.