Three shows offer provocative works

ART REVIEW

February 24, 1992|By John Dorsey | John Dorsey,Art Critic

Among area shows, sculptors David Yocum and Nicole Fall at Katzenstein make a happy combination, for each is outrageous in an idiosyncratic way. Yocum's pieces combine ceramic, neon, and sometimes acrylic that looks like thick plates of glass, into pieces that have some elements of landscape and also appear futuristic. In some ways they're awful, but they do exert a definite fascination; "Blue Window" looks like a bathroom basin supporting a super large bar of soap with a window in it.

Fall's metal sculptures resemble some sort of sea creature mutants that have struggled to shore and are waiting for anything to love them. In their ugliness -- for they are ugly, but attractively so -- they look endearingly forlorn and forever hopeful. In this show she has one human-sized work and several pedestal pieces, of which the flowing "Jacob's Ladder" and the scary-funny "Magenta Carnivora" are particularly effective.

The show runs through Friday at Katzenstein, 729 E. Pratt St. Call (410) 727-0748.

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I keep seeing one or two of Holly Hofmann's works in group shows and hoping for a chance to see a larger body of work in one place. Two of her pastels are in "Inner Vs. Outer Vision," a four-person show at Galerie Francoise, and, as in her other works, her surreal, abstract shapes in ambiguous spaces have deep psychological reverberations. They hit the viewer like manifestations of his own unconscious made visual, and a taste of this artist makes one want to drink deeper.

The show runs through Mar. 2 at Galerie Francoise, Green Spring Station, Falls and Joppa roads, Brooklandville. Call (410) 337-2787.

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Christopher Bartlett is a painter and professor of art at Towson State University. His current show at the art gallery there consists of landscapes inspired by travels to Central America and Greece. A text accompanying the exhibit states that the artist thinks of his work less in descriptive terms than in formal terms, such as structure and color. His paintings are most successful in those terms when the picture plane is emphasized by a relatively shallow space, such as in "Porch" and "Balcony," or in a group including "Kalamos Island" and "Port Lioni," in which he stacks trees two-dimensionally, working against the image's illusory space.

The show runs through Friday at the Fine Arts Center, Osler and Cross Campus drives, Towson State University. Call (410) 830-2808.

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