Night and Day: Wednesday, August 29, 2002
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
Ordinary Things

As with last year, Arlington Museum of Art gets a head start on Gallery Night by trotting out new shows a few days before, beginning Friday in the mezzanine gallery. AMAís Monochrome, Mostly contains works within the tradition of monochromatic painting, exemplified by early 20th-century artist Vladimir Malevich. The kicker is that the wall-mounted works in the show arenít made of paint but rather everyday materials such as rubber bands, glitter, candy, and Scotch tape. The artists in the show come from all over the country, including three from Las Vegas, two from Allston, Mass., one from Fort Worth (Jesse Meraz), and one from Denton (Ryan James).

AMAís show in its main gallery doesnít begin until the following Wednesday, but itís also concerned with the mundane. Domestic: Artists Transforming the Everyday is built around the theme of common objects. John Frostís plaster-and-steel works resemble home furnishings, while Ken Grayís art is inspired by mail-order catalogs. Nola Richards makes earmuff sculptures out of ordinary objects, and Melba Northum uses ceramic sculptures to explore the idea of comfort food. Cameron Schoepp uses glue and bits of carpet for his work. With four of its featured nine artists from Fort Worth and another three from other parts of Texas, the show has plenty of local interest. Both of these exhibits offer object lessons in how an artistís vision encompasses not only the work that he or she wants to create, but also how the most unlikely objects can serve as the material to help create it.

Monochrome, Mostly runs Aug 30-Sep 28 and Domestic: Artists Transforming the Everyday runs Sep 4-Nov 2 at Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W Main St, Arlington. Admission is free. Call 817-275-4600.



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