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.

Shari Mendelson at Tibor de Nagy
The current exhibition at Tibor de Nagy Gallery is one of alchemy – alchemy of materials, alchemy of history, and alchemy of spirits. Shari Mendelson transforms standard throw-away plastic bottles into hybrids between ancient Roman, Cypriot, Egyptian, Chinese, and Islamic relics, and modern-day sculptures of beauty and belief. She transforms centuries-old vessels of ritual and worship into contemporary questions about our own needs for spiritual grounding, bringing powers of the distant past into our modern world. The sculptures on display are gorgeous, with their glowing surfaces and semi-translucent patinas that look like tinted glass or ceramic, depicting what could be sacrificial animals, primordial gods or contemporary dreams and musings. Using hot glue and poured resins, Shari molds plastic bottles by twisting, pulling, stretching and who knows what else, and then adds a few sundry pieces of metal or wood for stands, legs and antlers, until the materials’ humble beginnings are all but irrelevant. Apparently, Shari spends hours in museums, falling in love with actual antiquities, drawing these treasures, metamorphosing them, and finally reshaping them into something that honors their historical significance while also becoming entirely her own. A visit to this exhibition, up through October 14, will take you to another world while, simultaneously giving your eyes quite a feast to feed on.