|An installation view of Abecedarius|
|The Convenience Effect, a 2014 collage|
by Michael Oatman in a shaped frame
made by his father, Gordon Oatman
|Foreground, American Bison 2012 by Colin C Boyd;|
background, Over (After Durer) 2014 by Boyd and Oatman
Still, both are miners of deep troves of rich material, and both exercise overactive imaginations, the result being always intriguing and entertaining. The conceit of the show is that it presents one work of art for each letter of the alphabet (plus one more), so there's the game of finding these references (easy enough by looking at the labels), and then perhaps the more challenging game of figuring out what it's all supposed to mean.
|The Branch, or the Site of Our Complete Liberation 2012|
multi-panel collage by Michael Oatman
Favorites include "F is for Fauna + Firearms," which offers a trio of minimally layered collages by Oatman, revisiting one of his best themes with sweet subtlety; and Boyd's "Z is for Zetetic," with a museum-of-science-worthy scale model of a conceptual spacecraft designed by the Flat Earth Society, appropriately suspended above the viewer.
As I write this, the show has just one day left and will close after Dec. 23. Can we agree for purposes of this review that B is for Better Late than Never?