An outlier is "Red Cape and Gun," a 2005 gouache-and-ink wherein our heroine, still caped but now clothed and no longer flying, stands broodingly holding a pistol. It's another take on the limitations of the physical body, as well as a sudden flush of the political and social, two themes often lost when dealing with superheroes. "Red Cape and Gun" offers a taste of suspense in a show otherwise concerned with process and mutability, but the more physically striking figures have already captured our visceral attentions.

Nicholas Schroeder can be reached at nschroeder@phx.com.

"CORPOREAL" | works by Katherine Bradford + Aaron T. Stephan | at Aucocisco Gallery, 89 Exchange St, Portland | 207.775.2222

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