Andre Petterson

The vintage contraptions Petterson depicts on large panels look like yard sale finds: old typewriters with missing keys; pre-electric sewing machines with their gears bent out of shape; adding machines that were obsolete even before the first pocket calculators. All seem to be exploding or bleeding onto their white backing. Inky squiggles suggest the jumbled linework of Ralph Steadman, as these old machine erupt and spill their guts. There's something sad about their decay and desuetude, the unspooled typewriter ribbons and paperless platens. The show's title, Stitch-Print, refers to what these hulks are no longer capable of doing. Yet even in death, they're more lively than your crashed computer or drained cell phone. Our new gadgets won't be as interesting when they reach the end of their very short lives. BRIAN MILLLER

Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: June 3. Continues through June 26, 2010

 
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