Evoking Curiosity And Empathy: Transmutations At Montserrat

Esteban Del Valle, "Too Little Time to Love", 2016, black and white video, 7:35 running time.


REVIEW
TRANSMUTATIONS
MONTSERRAT GALLERY
MONTSERRAT COLLEGE OF ART
23 ESSEX STREET
BEVERLY, MASSACHUSETTS
THROUGH JANUARY 20

by Elizabeth Michelman

“Transmutations,” on view at Montserrat College of Art’s main gallery and curated by Michele L’Heureux, features three figurative artists. Their paintings, ranging from the very small to the entire wall, are created with acrylic and airbrush on canvas, oils, markers on paper and even glazed ceramic panels. Along with a realist technique, they share the power of a convincing likeness that evokes curiosity and empathy for the person behind the image. Following quite different agendas, the artists incorporate photographic sources and employ collage processes to recombine pre-existing materials into a new whole.

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