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Art

Hot Ticket: More than words can say

By LENNIE BENNETT
Published March 10, 2005


A picture is often worth a thousand words and - as demonstrated by an exhibition at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg - so can a sculpture or installation. "Say What" is a celebration of what we see and hear. Poets and other wordsmiths have their say at readings and workshops through March 19. Visual artists are given their due, too. More than a dozen display work that ranges from an overt reliance on language to subtle uses of it as a supporting symbol. Among them are David Meeks, a graphic designer whose painting is shown above; Betsy Orb Lester with a group of eccentric assemblages that include a clown whose head is a light bulb and who proffers a chair bearing the word "sit"; David Williams' ironic pop statements; Leslie Neumann's mysterious encaustic paintings; Rocky Bridges' muscular mixed media pieces; and Kim Radatz's ethereal tissue-paper dress, lit from within and stenciled with a scarlet letter. Lots of other good work here, too, especially Duncan McClellan's vessel, Three More Blocks, Jack, a three-dimensional love letter etched in glass. Call 727 895-6620 or go to www.thestudioat620.com for a schedule of events.

- LENNIE BENNETT, Times art critic

[Last modified March 10, 2005, 10:43:45]


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