Recognizable art

ART

May 13, 1999|By Glenn McNatt

After a generation of pop, op, minimalism, conceptualism and installation art, some artists are returning to the idea that a painting is an image wanting to be recognized. "Reality Check" is a group show at Mill River Gallery presenting the work of 30 regional artists who are negotiating a return to representational art.

Many of the artists formerly worked in an abstract style. Gallery director Mary Cate-Carroll says a common thread running through the work is a desire to reconnect with audiences and tradition. "This is saying, 'We can be representational and relevant, too,' that you don't have to throw away technique or put vacuum cleaners in Plexiglas boxes in order to be a contemporary artist."

The exhibit opens tomorrow and runs through June 26.

The Mill River Gallery is in Historic Oella Mill, 840 Oella Ave, Ellicott City. Gallery hours are Friday, Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 410-418-9100.

Pub Date: 05/13/99

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