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by Todd Camplin

Let's face it, summer is a tough time to be running an art gallery. Not a lot of foot traffic and
you don’t have to be in the gallery to take phone calls. Some spaces even take a few weeks
off, because of the drop in business. So, how do they maximize their exposure to the public
that braves the heat? Easy, they have group shows. A group show of different artists helps
people see more art in one setting. It also illustrates the diversity of the gallery’s offerings and
the quality they aspire to present to people. In the case of RO2’s show Chaos, a group show
functions as a great way for artists to get their foot in the door. In the case of Carneal Simmons
Contemporary Art, a group show functions as a way for the gallery to showcase their stable
of artists. Each function is important for an artist’s CV and exposure to the public.
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Jen Rose’s porcelains look grown rather than hand made. You can tell she is influenced by nature,
particularly fungus. I see Lindsey Dunnagan’s drawings of people walking through the forest in
harmony with Jen Rose’s pieces. Dunnagan’s figures are likely to see the process of decay in the
forest. Natural objects that are similar to Rose’s porcelains. I am familiar with seeing Dunnagan
use maps in her work, so this was a departure from her past work. I see maps and grids in Susan
Lecky paintings. Her work is reminiscent of stained glass window compositions. Jen Pack uses
fibers to create geometric shape “paintings.” Of course, these are not paintings, but they sure
read as paintings.

Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art shows the gallery’s range of tastes and an eye for quality art.
Their group show, titled Unfolding the Process includes porcelain, wood sculpture, drawing, fibers,
and painting. This makes the show unusual in its diversity of types of works. However, the show is
not meant to be chaotic, but rather poetic. A flow of works on the wall and floor that don’t
completely relate, but seem to rhyme. Maybe it is the blending of Lindsey Carneal and Alan
Simmons’ vision that creates interesting relationships. So, with such a diverse group, how do
these artists seem to create a rhythm?
Jen Rose: detail of crystalline ceramic glaze on "Galaxy Discs"
Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art put together a show that has a lot of connective tissue while
highlighting the individual voice of each artist. You can see Unfolding the Process through
September 2nd.
Susan Lecky
Chaos at RO2ART

Adreon Henry’s works have a similar feel as Pack’s art pieces. They both look clean and use
geometric forms. However, Henry’s circles are denser and use elements of Op art. This is also
quite a shift from her rectangle canvas. Maybe the shape informed her approach. Julia
Ousley's works are not the type of sculptures you trip over while looking at a painting. Their
cut material is puzzled together and populated by silhouettes of people. She is stacking
people into a small space, similar to a city setting. I think back to Dunnagan’s town and
city maps series. I keep referring to Dunnagan's past work, but her current drawings in the
show have gestures and stroke that feel free like Sherry Giryotas paintings. No other artist
in the show captures early Modernism like Giryotas. I see Kandinsky as a huge influence
on her work.
Adreon Henry