opens january 7 // 5.30 -8.30pm at Cris Worley Fine Arts
by Todd Camplin

Cris Worley Gallery is opening up this year with a group show that features artists from her
studio visit adventures. I am looking forward to seeing work by Paul Booker, Blayer Stiller, and
Howard Sherman, but I am also excited to learn about Anne Allen’s and Trey Egan’s art.
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Every time I see a new series of work by Paul Booker, I get that much more excited. Booker does
not disappoint with the preview images I received in the press release,  I cannot wait to see the
work in person. I remember seeing his paintings at Dunn and Brown a few years back. The
works were his sculptures realized in two dimensional paintings and in colors. I say in two
dimensions, but with the lacquer layered paint, you might have thought you were seeing
floating sculptures of paint. Now he is working with water color and his abstract images use
negative space to float on the canvas
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Howard Sherman, Bingo wing, 2011, acrylic and marker on canvas, 70 x 60 inches
.  Howard Sherman paints on the shoulders of Jean-Michel Basquiat with his mixture of abstraction
and cartoon images. I feel a pure sense of emergent properties in his marks of paint that come
together to give birth to a kind of mutated creature. Like de Kooning’s women series, I see
Paul Booker, Button Forms: Reds and Oranges, 2011, ink, watercolor on canvas, 19 x 19 inchesms, 2008
Trey Egan, Are You To Keep Your Own Prize, 2011, oil on canvas, 48 x 60 inches
Blayre Stiller, Untitled, 2011, charcoal on paper mounted on birch panel, 36 x 36 inc
of the work. For me, this is not enough to really comment about the work, so all I can say is I am
looking forward to seeing their work up on the walls. The show “Studio Visit 1-1” will open on
the 7th of January (reception from 5.30-8.30pm)and run through February 11th..