from ARTBEAT, the online edition
'Monkey Business' on display
By KIRK MONTGOMERY ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE
This article was published November 24, 2013 at 3:27 a.m.
Warren Criswell's monotype "Roadkill" hangs in a room at Cantrell Gallery dedicated to his work
... When entering the next room in the
gallery, be prepared to confront the dark world of the talented
and obsessive Warren Criswell. A leering portrait of the artist emblazoned
on a Chinese scroll looms in the foreground, alerting viewers
that something very different lies ahead.
In another work, Criswell follows an elusive nude woman,
painted in multiple ghostly outlines that simulate motion. The
motif is repeated by Criswell in different mediums; the artist
moves between painting, printmaking and sculpture with ease.
There are a number of monoprints, including the creepy Taping Jasmine,
in which a man records the gyrations of a nightclub stripper
on a camcorder. The image is technically superb, similar in style
to the 20th-century burlesque show prints of urban realist Reginald
"Bill Lewis - Retrospective - 1932-2012," through Dec. 24; Warren Criswell, ongoing; Cantrell Gallery, 8206 Cantrell Road, Little Rock. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Information: (501) 224-1335, cantrellgallery.com.
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