Montage Gallery seeks local artists to represent

Art: A `Primal' show, portrait collages, rain forest visions and `intellectual investigations of the human form' are some choices around-town for art-lovers.

April 20, 1999|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,SUN ART CRITIC

The new Montage Gallery of Federal Hill, which opened about four months ago, is featuring its first show devoted to a single artist, painter Jacqueline Jolles.

Jolles' show is titled "Primal Figuration" and consists mostly of small works in mixed media on wood, often employing a rather thick, dark palette to depict abstract figures and landscapes.

Montage owner Mitch Angel, who operated a gallery in Portland, Ore., before moving to Baltimore, says he is actively looking for local artists to represent. The gallery, located at 925 S. Charles St., also represents a number of contemporary Pacific Northwest and international artists.

While you're in the neighborhood, drop by the Resurgam Gallery across the street, where Nancy Linden's piquant portrait collages and assemblages are on view through the end of the month.

Linden, who works in oil, charcoal and collage on canvas or Masonite, takes as her subjects "displaced persons, time travelers, ghosts," marginal people who have the eerie familiarity of figures glimpsed through a lighted window at night. This is work of surprising compassion and subtlety.

The Gomez Gallery is presenting a two-woman show by Venezuelan painter Corina Briceno and Polish-born Gabriela Morawetz that runs through May 16, with an opening reception April 24 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Briceno's paintings and drawings are inspired by her annual visits to the Amazon rain forest and by the culture of the Yekuana, the indigenous people who inhabit it. She sometimes paints or draws text across her canvas that reflect her concern for the steady encroachment of mining and lumber interests on the endangered Amazon environment.

Morawetz, who is based in Paris, creates figurative images on canvas or wood treated with a photosensitive emulsion and covered by a thin layer of wax. She describes these pieces, which combine both photography and drawing, as "an intellectual investigation of the human form."

Photography fans will be pleased to note that Baltimorean Connie Imboden, another Gomez Gallery artist, is coming out with a new volume of photographs this summer, "Beauty of Darkness," published by Ron Fouts of Custom and Limited Editions, San Francisco. The book will include a foreword by A.D. Coleman and a critical essay by San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts director Arthur Ollman.

Boden, a Maryland Institute graduate who has made quite a stir in the art world in recent years, creates visually stunning nudes using reflections in and around water and through the use of mirrors.

Her images, visually complex in the manner of collage, but executed in the style of "straight" photography, with no darkroom manipulation whatever, display a technical virtuosity and mastery of chiaroscuro that easily make her one of the most interesting young photographers of the decade.

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