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.

Elise Siegel at Steven Harvey
Walking into the Elise Siegel exhibition at Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects is walking into a magical world of beings from another time – perhaps the past, the future, or both simultaneously. Her sculpted, removable heads placed on blurred torsos create a haunting ensemble as a group, with their hollowed-out eyes staring blankly into a space beyond, never quite reaching another head’s gaze. Carefully placed and lit by Siegal herself, the stationary march of dismembered heads emanates stillness, loneliness and fear. But move closer, walk through this world of silent heads, converse with each one separately, and their silence transforms into personality and mood. The tilt of the head, the color as it thickens or thins lips, the sizes of eyes with wide or narrow eye sockets drawn with or without eyebrows, the mottled or smooth or skin, the colors in general – somehow each being becomes alive and strong-willed. There’s the coquettish femme fatal, the abused child asking for love, the servant girl demanding her rights…. I suspect that with each viewing, the stories change. This pliability, the living, pulsing life that emanates within these voiceless creatures perhaps ultimately is the magic of this show. It remains up through Dec. 9.