Whiting Tennis

The veteran local artist favors humble materials and traditional forms, then reshapes them into alternative-history objects. In his new show Walleyed, Tennis adapts the contours of an old covered wagon into the painting Mastodon; without wheels, it's stuck on the prairie of the American West, where mastodon once roamed. Behind are the snowy peaks suggesting what pioneers once crossed, but there's no mobility to this conveyance, no future. Nearby, his painting Tractor suggests the form of an old John Deere, but it's depicted in weathered plywood--it could never plow a field. Tennis also creates bas relief assemblages out of cardboard, plaster, concrete, and wood. (Also on view: drawings by Claudia Fitch.) BRIAN MILLER

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Starts: May 20. Continues through June 30, 2010

 
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