“Love Shack,” juried by Bill Kouwenhoven, is flirty, fun, and sophisticated. Although it opened on Valentine’s Day, “Love Shack” strays away from a saccharine portrayal of love and displays love’s more complex side.
At times love is voluptuous. Natsuko Hattori and Anne Alexander’s sculptures are body-like and alive with texture.
Other times it is painful, as in Christoff Colon’s sculpture, “Comfort vs. Discomfort,” a wooden table as figure standing in a mass of crushed glass.
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Lauren Leone uses embroidery to beg love to “Give Me A Break.” Her sparse imagery and specific language lend weight and wit to a the tragicomedy of the outlined relationship.
Holly Czapski turns a handsome stranger into a chair in her sculpture, capturing him for perusal, but never quite giving up his identity.
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And of course, love conquers all. Bill Tarlin replaces key words in an online article to create “Search and Embrace,” a rosier picture of methods for fighting terrorism.
Up till March 1st, “Love Shack” is colorful and satisfying, leaving you with both smirks and smiles.
Read more about the show and the Nave Gallery Annex Here.