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Friday, September 4, 2020

Local Artists' Sculptures, Drawings On Display At Norman's Mainsite Contemporary Art


A magician-like man holds up an egg, and the word “equality” seems as elusive at the partly invisible cat in a woman’s arms in two more fine works by McKown. Engaging, too, are portrayals by McKown of a lineup of football players, and of three cheerleaders, one holding pompoms, arms widespread. Also arresting is McKown’s rendering of a mother checking a positive pregnancy test, and telling her son it looks like he’s “going to be a big brother.” Risque, in a good way, is McKown’s acrylic of a woman putting her arms around another from behind, making it appear she has “four arms like an Indian goddess.” Elder greets us with a large, multi-layered plywood OKecoSCAPE, resembling Oklahoma’s outline, displayed upside down, on a long rectangular wooden pedestal. Elder often relies on a stark horizon line in his wood works, using the gouged-out wood grain to suggest land forms, lakes, rivers, skies, crops, and other phenomena. Austere black, white and gray smaller works by Elder, are abstract yet almost Asian landscape-like, drawn with ink on paper, or using the frottage printmaking technique. The striking shows by the two Norman artists are highly recommended, with an artists’ talk planned at 7 p.M. Sept. 10 on Facebook. (Story continued below...)

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