Making the rounds

By GREG COOK  |  April 21, 2010

Meanwhile at AS220’s Main Gallery (115 Empire Street, through April 24), Mary Snowden and Lauraberth Lima offer chickens and risqué vegetables.

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Snowden’s photo-realist paintings of chickens bring out the ruddy details — a Spanish chicken, with its black body, white face, and fleshy red comb and cheeks. The birds could feel more alive, but Snowden nails their threatening alien stare.

Lima makes mixed media montages from photos and magazine fashion shots, sometimes finished off with patterned mask-like drawings on top. Her best work is witty and surprising, like Anatomy, which shows an arrangement of vegetables, including a twinned carrot that, looked at with the right frame of mind, resemble a pair of orange legs with a root growing between.

While you’re there, check out the back room at AS220’s Project Space (93 Mathewson Street), where Seamus Hames presents a series of small delicate black-and-white pen drawings. With fine lines shaded by hazes of tiny dots and hatching, he envisions folksy cartoony landscapes: a town nestled in a verdant valley or great cliffs rising above an ocean shore and a little boat steadfastly chugging out to sea.  

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