Sunday, August 29, 2010

Rite of Passage: Hot Summer Show at Clayton Galleries

There's a generation of Tampa's top artistic talent that's now at, or nearing retirement age. For many, but not all of them, their careers and/or lives threaded through USF, though some are autodidacts. This show brings several of Tampa's best and brightest baby-boomer generation artists and their latest works together at Clayton Galleries through September 18th. Cathleen Clayton, a USF graduate, opened the gallery twenty-three years ago, which quickly established itself as a premier fine-artspace in South Tampa. The artists in the show are represented by Clayton Galleries.

Jeffrey Kronsnoble's  densely packed "Cinque Terre Graffiti", a bewilderingly complex yet remarkably coherent painting from a european trip, is almost a seamless diptych.

Roberta Schofield shifts gears from her dreamy De Chirico-esque paintings into digital photography, with a large print of a sculpture of a bull's head,  along with the reflections of two people viewing the sculpture reflected from the (plexi?)glass case. The print is so big that the picture deconstructs into artifacts, colors blocks, and becomes quite graphic, much less photographic.

There's a Bruce Marsh of a Floridian river, and one from an American Western desert. Water, something he does exquisitely well, or no water, Marsh's distinctive genius for landscape shines through. 

The list of artists in this show reads like a who's who of Tampa boomer gen artists, too many to begin to do justice to in this space. This show is an excellent chance to see the work of some of the best artists in Tampa (though at least one has moved on but still visits) and most of all, a brief course in Art history. Our Art history.

  "Hot Summer Show", through Sept 21, at Clayton Galleries, Tuesday - Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 11am to 4pm. 4105 South MacDill Ave. Tampa. 813.831.3753

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