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    • Rooms With a View

      Charles Gill's interior landscapes
        Boise painter Charles Gill has become an important figure in Idaho contemporary art. At age 75, he is going strong, defying facile categorizations, pursuing his own course, investing the commonplace with a different perspective and vitality. Since retiring in 1998 after 30 years of teaching at what was formerly known as the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, Calif., and coming to Boise to make art full time, Gill has demonstrated in a range of mediums a unique ability to peel back the camouflage of conventionality and expose the unheralded aesthetic and formal components of all too familiar surroundings. Not incidentally, he is an innovative figurative painter and printmaker as well.
    • A Draftsman, Finally

      John Taye's mastery of drawing
        John Taye has been a mainstay of the Boise State art department for over 30 years—he teaches sculpture, painting, life drawing and drawing. By all accounts, he has been a good teacher, giving his students a solid foundation in technique, form and composition upon which to build their own aesthetic. In the spring, he will retire from academic life. This exhibit at the Boise State Visual Arts Center, entitled "The Quiet Art: A Drawing Retrospective," commemorates his years of service.
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      Sea-going sculpture at Boise Art Museum
        Visitors to the Boise Art Museum's Sculpture Court and the adjacent Nelson Gallery could be forgiven for thinking they have stepped into a Cape Cod curiosity shop. Moored atop judiciously parked pedestals is an unusual collection of derelict ships out of a bygone era, seemingly stranded both physically and metaphorically by the low tide of receding history. Other specimens of maritime myth and legend are wall-mounted.
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    • Going For Baroque

      Dan Scott's exhibit at J Crist

        The 2007 Triennial currently on view at the Boise Art Museum includes a striking survey of what is going on in painting in Idaho these days, and one of the artists whose work stands out is Dan Scott. He probably would do so in any group show of contemporary painters today. As the Triennial and other events around the country suggest, we are in an era in which no single trend or school of painting dominates, and the directions and intentions are all over the map. Under the circumstances, an artist whose work seems removed from this maelstrom, offering an oasis of accomplished technique, sumptuous surfaces and quiet contemplation is bound to get noticed.

        For those whose appetite is whetted by the two examples of Scott's at BAM, J Crist Gallery offers an opportunity to further experience his art without competing distractions. The nine new works that make up the show "Know Me This Way" at J Crist, rendered in oil on canvas and board, are esoteric still lifes that contain more than meets the eye.

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    • Bioscape In the Sky

      Kendall Buster at Boise Art Museum
        Kendall Buster is a native of the South, currently living in Richmond, Va., where she teaches sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University. Since mid-February, and through October 17 of this year, her new installation entitled New Growth has resided with a quiet grandeur suspended in the Boise Art Museum's spacious Sculpture Court, for which it was specifically designed.
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    • Shock of the Old

      William Lewis at J Crist Gallery
        On September 7, J Crist Gallery kicked off the 2006-2007 season with a bang, bringing in an exciting show of impressive work by a rarely seen artist. Certainly it is the liveliest art to appear in a local gallery for some time after a stretch of mostly humdrum fare in Boise.
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    • Cleavage

      John Grade, the sequel
        For six months in 2004, Seattle artist John Grade, in his first solo museum exhibition, transformed the Sculpture Court and an adjacent gallery at the Boise Art Museum into a fecund phantasmagoria of organic, biomorphic and anthropomorphic abstractions rooted in unfamiliar life forms and cultures.
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    • Pride and Prejudice

      Deborah Oropallo at BAM
        The Boise Art Museum's current exhibit of computer-aided, photo-based art by Bay Area artist Deborah Oropallo is a particularly relevant one. With an increasing number of artists relying on photographic sources and techniques, digital imagery and computer technology in their paintings, the debate over whether it violates the integrity of true art has become a hot topic.
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    • What's "Weird"?

      Richard Vine on the state of art
        Thirty years ago, the performance/installation artist Chris Burden succinctly captured the prevailing mood in contemporary art with his statement: "Art doesn't have a purpose. It's a free spot in society, where you can do anything." For Burden and throngs of his peers, works of art no longer strive to exalt, provide answers or address universal truths, but rather should erase complacency, challenge proscription and push the envelope with a vengeance.
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    • Feel-Good Art

      James Pearson at Visual Arts Collective
        There's lots of color warming up the gray ambience of Boise's Visual Arts Collective these days, coaxing spring to catch up with the calendar. In the midst of this particularly drab, lingering winter, James Pearson's bright, enthusiastic abstractions cannot help but lift one's spirits with their sunny disposition.
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