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In Snagged Catenaries, Doug Bosch continues his examination of draped lines. This time he preserves the parabolas in crusty plaster, sets them on the floor, and ties them to a metal bracket on the wall above with string. They look like midcentury modern spiderwebs straining to escape their bonds. Bosch's abstract sculptures can appeal or not depending on how excited you are that day by parabolas. This time I thought: meh. Krisjohn Horvat's The Pope's Father's Day Present looks like a strange hunk of rusty, scarred metal (it seems to actually be painted wood), enlarged from a chunk of something you might find dropped on the floor of a foundry. It hovers off the gallery wall, hiding behind it a smaller gray fabric twin. It's a curious shape and pairing, but there's something self-consciously arty about it that limits its potential for being intriguing.

The teachers demonstrate thought and polished skill, but the works feel too circumspect. They could use some of the Top Drawer gang's boisterous energy.

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