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When: Thursdays-Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 19 2019
Three artists at Mercury Twenty show how process and materials combine in today’s conceptually inflected art. Sara Lisch describes her work in Interwoven as intertwining metaphor and reality, nature and spirituality. Her small raku-fired ceramics employing bird, butterfly, plant and house motifs include a trio of Japonesque masks; a wooden antique clock bereft of its clockwork, transformed into an avian ‘spirit house’; and four ceramic plaques semi-abstractly representing seeds, or cell division. Elizabeth Sher in Morocco: Seen and Unseen interprets North African culture based on her 2018 artist residency. Four “Filtered Views” paintings pair color photos of touristic themes — camels, mosques — with wooden screens suggestive of mashrabiyas, the so-called ”harem windows” used to protect women from male gazes. Julianne Wallace Sterling in Detours utilizes the street signage, sometimes marked by graffiti, that has dominated her commutes in recent years, as substrates for her adroit renderings of passersby, the floating world, American-style.
— DeWitt Cheng


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