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Des Moines, Iowa
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Sunday, May 19, 2013
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Page2E Sunday, May 19, 2013 State Edition Des Moines Sunday Register SHOWCASING CENTRAL IOWA'S ARTS SCENE &- Round and round New art exhibit focuses on a simple theme the circle in many wondrous variations By Michael Morain An upcoming art show doesn't reinvent the wheel not exactly but it does roll a few out for a fresh look. The artwork in "Vicious Circles" opens Thursday at the Steven Vail Fine Arts Project Room in Des Moines' East Village neighborhood and focuses on the ordinary circle, a shape kids recognize even before they know its name. So it's a simple theme, with endless variations. "This show is kind of different because there is no history, no pretext," curator Breianna Cochran said. "It's just about seeing. We just appreciate the works for what they are." The concept started with a 2012 print by the Venezuelan-born artist Carlos Cruz Diez, in which a column of striped cir cles seems to buzz with hot and cold energy. The work reminded Cochran and the gallery's namesake of other circular works, either in the collection or available through contacts. Cochran and Vail assembled works from 13 artists in all, from the United States and several other countries. The Chicago artist Carlos Rolon (better known as Dzine) embellished Day-Glo mandalas with diamond dust and soft, felt-like flocking. The British artist Antony Gormley printed images of both W?WWVJ If 11 Clockwise from top: "Heat From the Core Raises Mountains and Opens Oceans" (2011), John F. Simon, Jr.; "Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner" (2009), Deborah Kass; "Double Barrel Purple Micro Dot II" (2012), by Dzine. 'VICIOUS CIRCLES' The show opens with a reception from 5-7 p.m. Thursday and remains through September. Regular hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Steven Vail Fine Arts Project Room, on the second floor at 500 E. Locust St. 515-309-2763, www.stev AND ACROSS TOWN . . . Moberg Gallery opens a solo show by Travis Rice with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. The last time he had the gallery to himself, in 2011, he filled it with shed-sized greenhouses decorated with iridescent panels, black lights, motion sensors, fog machines and "carpets" of red confetti. And lasers. The show remains through July 6. Regular hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 2921 Ingersoll Ave. 515-279-9191, ONLINE: See more artwork from "Vicious Circles" at hemi spheres of the human brain, linking them with concentric circles like the rings of a tree. And the MacAr-thur Foundation "genius" Tara Donovan, whose Des Moines Art Center show of Styrofoam cups and drinking straws dazzled visitors a few years ago, printed a constellation of stippled ink dots with thousands of tiny push pins. So the circular idea spun off in surprising directions. Vail said he might dig out his polka-dot tie for the opening reception Thursday evening, where visitors might nibble on round macarons. "We just started seeing common themes," Cochran said. The oldest piece on display was made in 2000, although several pieces echo the boldly geometric Optical Art, or Op Art, of the 1960s. Vail said he sees trends re-emerge every 10 or 15 years. What goes around comes around. And around. And around again. RIPEiWITHtUS!f GEfTfYiQUifi Slje 2Be$ IHmites Hester HomeFinder .com COUNCIL BLUFFS HARLAN PERRY OES MOINES utinXVILLE OSKALOGaA ramrlcLD FORT MADlfin n MADISON ft i klMA mJrMJt kl

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