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Southern Charms at Tinney Contemporary

Charmed, I'm Sure

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Some of Martica Griffin’s older works bring to mind an expanded detail from some larger scene: perhaps one of Turner’s dazzling, light-drenched seascapes. Like those pieces, they’re filled with glowing, saturated color. Although they’re abstract, their soft edges convey an illusion of depth. Griffin’s new show, as the title implies, is a look at the South through her eyes: “What makes each Southern state unique — from the music of Lil' Wayne and Louis Armstrong, to the sermons of Billy Graham, to quilts of Alabama.” The connection with Lil’ Wayne isn’t as clear as one might hope, but on seeing these paintings, you’ll see hints of landscape in their dazzling blues, pinks and rusty browns. And you’ll agree with Griffin’s assessment that they convey a “sense of joy.”
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: April 3. Continues through May 3, 2010

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