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.

Gabriella Boyd at Grimm Gallery
The paintings of London-based Gabriella Boyd, now hanging at Grimm Gallery through Jan. 7, sing with color and dream with stories of memory, time, and the mysteries connecting our inner lives with the greater world outside. Figurative images expressively painted meld with environmental forms only vaguely suggested, which together dialogue with structural elements of pure color and light to create questions of meaning, intention and the painting process itself. Are the figures real, imagined or remnants from memory or dreams? Are the figures real but the surroundings imagined? What are the personal relationships between the figures anyway? These questions and more hover in the air even as giving in to the glorious color takes over all other thought.