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Scott Bye's Sculptures at the Castellani

Scott Bye’s sculptures feature a wonderful childlike imaginative quality, great sense of humor and serious comment on big reality questions such as about global warming, and energy, including human energy and the energy that powers the national and world economies. An exhibit of Bye’s works, called Method to My Madness, is currently at the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University.

Erin Finley's Drawings at Hallwalls

I attended the Toronto artist Erin Finley’s talk at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center a couple weeks back. I remember it was riveting. Not for what was said, though I’m sure it was coherent and reasonably presented. It was the images on the screen—large ink drawings of such multivarious and pernicious enthusiasms that it was hard to follow the thread of what the professed neo-feminist spoke about. Here were drawings of libertine provocation and yet not. Incisively wrought ceremonies of unbridled bawd but somehow not so. An audience member of a certain age might have felt both violated and vitiated, and yet there were no awed gasps, no disapproving clucks, no titters of titilation, and, at the lecture’s end, few questions. Erin Finley had managed to fulfil her Warholian mantra: “Leave them wanting less.”

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