James Kennedy's syn•tac•tic paintings at Callan are so precisely and delicately balanced that some -- for instance, Articular, above -- evoke cut-away views of futuristic inventions, maybe advanced automobile engines powered by the sounds of birds or barking dogs. Some recall Marcel Duchamp's alchemical diagrams crafted in glass, but beyond its sense of mysterious inner music expressed in whimsical mechanisms, this show lives up to its billing as a “spatial conversation” with a “highly developed aesthetic grammar.” And of course, syntax, hence its name. ~Bookhardt / Aastasia Pelias: Sisters, Through Jan. 28, Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, 400A Julia St., 522-5471; : Kikuo Saito: New Work, Through Jan. 28, Octavia Art Gallery, 454 Julia Street St., 309-4249; , James Kennedy: syn•tac•tic, Through Feb. 18, Callan Contemporary, 518 Julia St., 525-0518.
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