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    D'Amelio Terras summer show

    Fertile ground

    Twelve artists show what they've been cultivating at the D'Amelio Terras Gallery's summer group show.


    Works by 12 of the artists who call this Chelsea gallery home are on display at D'Amelio Terras Gallery through July 27 and each artist's contribution provokes thought and acts as an aesthetic brain teaser.

    Exhibition: D'Amelio Terras summer show.
    Paintings, installation by: Polly Apfelbaum, Erica Baum, Martin Eder, Tony Feher, Joanne Greenbaum, Glenn Ligon, John Morris, Rika Noguchi, Damian Ortega, Miguel Rio Branco, Joe Scanlan, Yoshihiro Suda.
    D'Amelio Terras Gallery 525 West 22nd St. Through July 27 (212) 352-9460

    Immediately to the left as you enter the gallery's airy space are four convasses by Joanne Greenbaum. On these canvasses are orange shapes that echo building fragments. There's a scattering of bricks here, steps going up and down there, along with round shapes and cubes forming an overall abstract sketch of architecture.

    On a nearby wall, Erika Baum frames single words followed by groups of numbers a la indexes in the back of books. Reading the words — staircases, slow motion, silk, shoulders, flying, gesture, falling, flesh, flower and mud — forms a visual narrative in your mind as your eyes travel up and down the wall from frame to frame.

    D'Amelio Terras summer show

    Next to that is Tony Feher's totem of plastic soda bottles. The bottles all have small amounts of water in them and are tethered to a long chain hanging from the ceiling and bring to mind a large bunch of plastic bananas. Next to that are photos by Rika Noguchi of industrial sites. The workers in these photos are small white-helmeted figures against manmade landscapes and there's lots of sky in the pictures.

      D'Amelio Terras summer show
    On the wall next door are Joe Scanlon's DeStijl-like wooden structures. These objects look like puzzles without pictures. Included among the wood cutouts are pieces colored robin's-egg blue. On the next wall are Martin Eder's watercolors of young women, kittens, bunnies, puppies and a duck and horse. These fuzzy, brightly colored watercolors have a slight menace under the dreamlike prettiness of the subject matter.

    On the floor are Polly Apfelbaum's rolled-up and dyed bolts of fabric named after bones. On the wall opposite are Glenn Ligon's ten lithographs describing the artist as if he were a runaway slave. The descriptions are lighthearted and witty in tone. Lastly, Damian Ortega contributes four large, color photos of plants growing through cracks in the sidewalk, expressing the power of nature against the manmade world. Like all good group shows, this one may make you want to see more works by the individual artists.

    JULY 16, 2001

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