July 14, 2008

Eric Elliott and Carlos Vega in Seattle

In the Seattle P-I Regina Hackett writes that James Harris Gallery's two solo shows are worth checking out. "History floats in the collages of Carlos Vega, borne along on receipts, invitations, letters and fragments of literary texts, presided over by figures who flout the laws of gravity....History is what we say it is. Vega tugs at our understanding of it, and carries us, painlessly, along....Where Vega is light, Elliott is heavy. His blue-gray to dark-green flowers in pots on tables of the same shades are pressed by the clot of dense air they live in. Air for Elliott is a contagion. It sticks to leaves and cramps their blooms, and yet they powerfully press back and hold their own. One test of a painter is how well his work looks in its own company. Elliott limits his subject matter to free his content, which is painting itself. Within a narrow subject range, he suggests endless possibility." Read more.

"Eric Elliott," James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA. Through August 23.
"Carlos Vega," James Harris Gallery, Seattle, WA. Through August 23.

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