Buddhist sages discovered the time-space continuum eons before Einstein, and in Steir's Endless Line, top, it appears as a continuous drippy tracery meandering around the room like a river. Painted white, it glows blue in the gallery's cobalt light and recalls her famous "waterfall" canvases of drips orchestrated into magical cascades with overtones of Zen and Jackson Pollock. Endless Line is painted directly on the walls and will be painted over when the show closes. This parallels the meticulous sand mandalas created by the Tibetan Buddhist monks who appeared with the Dalai Lama this past weekend. After days of work, the sand mandala was swept up and thrown into the river. Here the act of creation is an ongoing exercise in the art of life, and all that really matters is the--hopefully enlightened--awareness we bring to it. ~D. Eric Bookhardt
Endless Line and Self Portrait: Site Specific Wall Installations by Pat Steir, through June 16, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, 865-5328.