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.

Rifka Milder at The Yard, Carter Burden & La Mama Theater
I met Rifka Milder through her father, the painter Jay Milder, but we have developed our own friendship over the years. Rifka works purely abstractly, though years ago she painted ponds reflecting trees, and also small panes of glass from the NY Garden Conservatory. In both situations, the reflections translated into loose grids of amorphously-shaped fields of simplified colors often surrounded by globular contours of contrasting color. Eventually, it seems Rifka discovered her real love was the rhythm of these shapes and lines, and so her abstract paintings apparently began from where the pond paintings ended: with these rhythms of reflected water rings. In her current exhibition at The Yard, each painting dances with woven shapes and organically curved lines of reds, greens, oranges, yellows and blues, creating an energetic life of volume, movement and organic space. Rifka’s exhibition at The Yard (195 Broadway, 4th floor) in Williamsburg, remains on view through August 10. The door is open Tues to Saturday 10am - 3:45pm, but you can stay later. Also, through July 26, four of her colored drawings are hanging at the Carter Burden Gallery, and one of her paintings is on permanent display in the lobby at the La Mama Theater