Sunday, March 27, 2016
Daphne Loney' sculpture exhibitions have long resembled trophy rooms filled with improbable beasts culled from the wayward realms of the imagination. Fairy tales featuring mythic creatures survived over the ages because their darker paradoxes often share parallels with the “real” world, and Loney underscores those parallels with works like a white unicorn trophy head that might be a Disney-esque picture of innocence if not for its lethal looking horn and a bleach-blond mane that somehow suggests Lady Gaga. Nearby, Siamese twin stag heads joined at the neck sport gilded copper eyes and horns like crowns of thorns in an allegory of conflicting impulses titled Hostile Dependence (pictured). These works collectively convey a weird mix of guilt and innocence typified in a sculpture of a young stag whose copper antlers sprout a geyser of gossamer metal tendrils. Titled Intrusive Thoughts, it seems oblivious to a nearby wolf stealthily stalking its preoccupied prey.
Barrister's Gallery, 2331 St. Claude Ave, 710-4506.