Splen­dor in the ar­bor


Pasatiempo - - ART IN REVIEW -

JOHN FINCHER’S DI­VERSE BODY of re­al­ist works dis­play a fetishis­tic ap­proach to rep­re­sen­ta­tional im­agery. His paint­ings of trees, for in­stance, show an in­tense fo­cus on a sin­gle part, such as a branch or sec­tion of branches. Botanica ,a solo ex­hibit of Fincher’s flo­ral paint­ings and other works, opens with a 5 p.m. re­cep­tion on Fri­day, June 26, at Le­wAllen Gal­leries. The works in the show re­call the il­lus­trated de­pic­tions of flora by 18th-cen­tury nat­u­ral­ists but re­tain a more con­tem­po­rary feel. Fincher’s use of al­lur­ing col­ors and color har­monies, com­bined with a graphic and bold use of line, re­sult in com­po­si­tions that se­duce the eye. But they also de­ceive; placed within the paint­ings are rep­re­sen­ta­tions of inan­i­mate ob­jects and other forms that shouldn’t be­long there but ap­pear as though they do. — M.A.

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