Holly Otterbein's First Friday Hit List
Philadelphia City Paper
by Holly Otterbein
Published: January 5, 2011
Abandoned houses, no matter how many windows or doors are missing, always look unbearably heavy. But Kelly Wallace's graphite-and-pen drawings of shuttered homes are tragically light, like you could blow them off the page with the same breath needed to push away dandelion seeds. In "Capital Salvage," "No Match for My Tiny Fortress," a series of oil paintings depicting mermaids, castles and cats so mischievous they must be from the same neighborhood as the Cheshire. the Canadian artist sands down his gessoed panels till they're vegan-thin, leaving you with a disturbing reminder of how frail our built environment is. Anne Canfield provides a fine balance to Wallace's seriousness in Opening reception Fri., Jan. 7, 6-8 p.m., free, through Feb. 13, 1108 Pine St., 215-923-7000, seraphingallery.com.
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