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.
year’s Upstate NY Art Weekend, that took place from July 21-24,
certainly was an exciting event, with galleries and pop-up venues
opening their doors, and giving us quite a bit of wonderful art to see.
My next series of reviews will highlight some of the art that
particularly struck my eye, focusing first on the shows that still
remain on view. Closing on July 30, The Lockwood Gallery’s
exhibition, Built: Architecture in Art and Design, consists of 16
artists whose work directly – for instance a large stone tile from Frank
Lloyd Wright’s 1924 Ennis House – or indirectly relates to
architecture, buildings or construction. A certain elegance permeates
the installation, as proportion, line and movement are fine-tuned in
most of the work, from the perspectival dances made by delicate lines,
parallelograms, and photographic transparencies in paintings by Jeanette Fintz, to the whimsical lines outlining houses in Rebecca Welz's sculptures, from the condense overlapping metal grids of the sculpture by Susan Spencer Crowe, to the negative-space folded constructions of Margaret Saliske. Even the solid sculpture, built from sectioned parts, of David Kucera, Richard Bottwin and Kurt Steger
display an elegance of movement, with lines and forms twisting through
space and air. And if you want actual buildings, the collage paintings
of Mike Cockrill
that depict an invented rhythm of suburban sprawl, or the little houses
made of illuminated acrylic sheets and steel by Tom Fruin might be just
your thing. Also on view are works by Shelley Parriott, Sara Murphy, Karlos Carcamo, Harry Wilks, Jean Feinberg, and Nic Goldsmith. The exhibition is curated by Alan Goolman.
Susan Spencer Crowe
Jeanette Fintz & David Kucera
Frank Lloyd Wright