Evan Blackwell

Clearly a master magpie, Evan Blackwell assembles old shoes, plastic drinking straws, coat hangers, and construction detritus so cleverly that you forget to ask what, exactly, these assemblages mean. His show "Lost in Space" takes the humblest found materials and then reconfigures them into geometric objects. Making a icosahedron out of sheetrock studs, for instance, yields a neat lattice, but it's unclear how the inner and outer forms are related. Ditto the pineapple-shaped blob of rubber shoe soles--you can read it as a flower or a molecule, but is that molecule an anagram for rubber? The local artist cuts up old picture frames and rearranges them into a rectangular vortex in Pathway: It's like an Escher drawing, an infinite regress, frames framing frames framing frames. Content seems curiously absent. BRIAN MILLER

Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Nov. 5. Continues through Nov. 27, 2009

 
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