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at Talley Dunn Gallery through february 23
by Todd Camplin

When I dropped by Talley Dunn Gallery, I made a bee-line to the back gallery
because I knew this was a group show about words or implied use of language.
I wasn't disappointed with works by Vernon Fisher, Joseph Havel, Linda Ridgway,
Matthew Sontheimer, Erick Swenson, and Xiaoze Xie; it was clear that conceptual
art would dominate the long space.
movement. His painting titled “Under the Deep, Deep Sea,” simulates a black board look
Vernon Fisher - Under the Deep, Deep Sea, 2011
Oil and acrylic on canvas  - 44 x 44 inches
the show can see a small portion though his cast polyurethane resin sculpture of books, piled up
in a tower. These books imply the text which has been emptied out into clear resin forms. The
Bronze and silk - 3 x 7 ½ x 7 ½ inches
is the case with her drawing; the meanings of the words seem to be open to interpretation.  
For me, a story is implied in each piece, like a fragment poem from an ancient text. Xiaoze Xie
also reflects on unclear information, but through conventional painted depictions of
decayed books.
Joseph Havel - Family Fiction, 2012-2013
Cast polyurethane resin - 29 x 11 x 10 inches
Oil on canvas - 24 x 38 inches
It was nice to see Matthew Sontheimer’s meandering maze of mischief text, which was full of his shell
mood. The only real odd person out seemed to be Julie Bozzi. On its own merit it was an
interesting concept of creating plain air works, but for me, the images didn’t seem to fit the
concept of the rest of the show. The exhibition is up another weekend, until February 23rd
when it comes down, so get over there and see a good group show.