Barry Whistler Gallery will present two new exhibitions, Terrell James: Divided Sight and Darryl Lauster: A Magpie and a Rainbow.
James will show paintings and works on paper that are the product of a recent stay on Bald Head Island in North Carolina. Her residence in the defunct home of a lighthouse keeper established a proximity to many of the forms influencing work in the Divided Sight series. The freshly cracked shells of turtles and oysters nestled in the sand granted a physicality to James’ line work. The luminous shifts in her paintings’ backgrounds show forms in a way that is stubborn and actual, perhaps as unwitting captives of her sensitive lines.
As part of a continued investigation into American history and contemporary culture, Lauster presents several multimedia kinetic sculptures in his newest exhibition. Their colloquial manner of fashioning entices a nostalgia that is tempered with a lingering critique of that very sensibility. Dioramas, coin-operated tableaus, carnival rides, and hobbyist model-making are all referenced in a vernacular study of the American landscape. That landscape is populated with the best and worst of us all.
Following the opening reception, the exhibits will be on display through April 26.