based painter and New Orleans native Wayne Gonzales is known for his lyrically gritty, pop media-inspired canvases, but his painting, Forest, 2014, above left, suggests a postmodern Thoreau via its dense, intricately baroque leaves and branches that seduce the eye while remaining opaquely and ironically impenetrable. A series of colorful canvases by Lisa Sanditz recalls pure abstraction at first, but look again—those colorful rectangular blobs are termite-tented houses! Amy Feldman also paints blobs but hers are buoyantly minimal and expansively mysterious, while Cheryl Donegan's otherworldly videos mostly defy description, although my mental shorthand for one, Head, below, was: “orgy at a Tupperware party.” Enough said. ~Bookhardt / New Work by Jim Richard with Cheryl Donegan, Amy Feldman, Wayne Gonzales and Lisa Sanditz, Through April 23, Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 Julia St. 522-1999.
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