Materials collide in two artists' exhibit at MAP

`Collection Intersection' is a massive collaboration


December 04, 2003|By Sarah Schaffer | Sarah Schaffer,SUN STAFF

Colorful installations and subdued drawings contrast in Territory/Ambiguity, on display at the Maryland Art Place.

Artists Paul Bartow and Richard Metzgar's massive collaboration, a site installation called "Collection Intersection," is bright and busy.

Panels of wood, many of which are coated with candy-colored paints, collide with upholstered furniture, industrial building materials and Plexiglas-encased ferric chloride drawings in a large work that fills two of the gallery's three rooms.

Sound wires are connected to vent-like speakers that are found in the parts of the work that are hung on the walls.

The piece's audible component - the tenor of voices, the bustle of crowds and other captured sounds - add to the hectic environment that lies counter to the atmosphere in the third exhibition space, where artist Elzbieta Sikorska's works are displayed.

The Polish-born artist, who works from photographs she took while walking in Montgomery County and other places, uses graphite and other drawing media to create realistic and striking natural scenes. A fallen tree and winding streams are drawn on a large scale, in black and white and with great technical skill.

From afar, the displayed works appear so lifelike that they could almost be the inspiring photos themselves.

Territory/Ambiguity will run through Jan. 9.

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