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Review: “Made-by-hand art at three Minneapolis galleries”

Review: “Made-by-hand art at three Minneapolis galleries”

Minneapolis Star Tribune art critic Mary Abbe applauds current exhibitions at Burnet Gallery, Circa Gallery and Groveland, all of which “feature terrific work in such old-fashioned made-by-hand media as painting, drawing, cut-paper and sculptural ceramics, glass and metal.” Abbe alludes to Lyon’s unique, contemporary perspective of his historical subject (his paintings were inspired by inspired by Bernini’s sculptures of angels on the Ponte St. Angelo in Rome). Of Lyon’s paintings, Abbe writes: “After centuries of exposure, the angels’ marble faces and garments are streaked and stained, effects he deftly imitates with mottled overlays of taupe, sooty-gray and rose. He catches the play of light and shadow across the rippling folds of their garments, their wind-tossed curls and the dreamy look in their stony eyes. He’s even essayed drapery studies of fabric falling from bare knees, a peekaboo effect much loved by Baroque masters.” Abbe also highlight’s Carl Oltvedt’s Annex show: “Looser brush work and more casual compositions — as if the scenes were glimpsed in passing — freshen his work, although his best effects are still light dancing off water or the dappled illumination of dark, leafy glades.” Read the rest of Abbe’s gallery round-up here.