Featured Review: Mary Sprague: Rhinoceros!

Featured Review: Mary Sprague: Rhinoceros! This gnarled and otherwise inelegant beast is rendered almost pyrotechnic in this exuberantly expressive series of drawings and paintings by local painter, printer and ceramicist Mary Sprague. With a palette reminiscent of the acid hues of Matta and a similar penchant for surreal abstraction, these pieces move in and out of their totem animal, becoming at once portraits of a vibrant state of being and compendiums of every nervous variety of gestural mark. A wry sense of absurdity underscores the work via titles such as Decorated Veteran, Out from the Spa and How Much Does a Rhino Charge. High art treads on hard ground here — where pure joy is experienced with abandon and a wise half-smirk. Through October 16 at Duane Reed Gallery, 4729 McPherson Avenue; 314-361-4100 or www.duanereedgallery.com. Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tue.-Sat. and by appointment.

Mary Sprague, (It's a) Blooming Rhino, 2010, oil on canvas, 48 by 78 inches, courtesy of Duane Reed Gallery.
Mary Sprague, (It's a) Blooming Rhino, 2010, oil on canvas, 48 by 78 inches, courtesy of Duane Reed Gallery.

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