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Vortex In Memory Of John Coltrane-1926-1967

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f A hamlfui oí campus artists starled the Willis Gallery iiiukT the watcht'ul eye of tlic Iroit Instituto of the Arts in 197(1. I hey rented a front on Willis und Cass .nul bepun showing their urt. This year the building landlurd chose to expand his h.ii K ohh's Corner), whicll torced the Willis to leave the neiahborhood. Whcn the Willis made its move, to the third Hoor ot the Hsher Buildïn September, a decidme factor was the three art galleiies already located on the f same Hoor: London Arts, Gertrude Kaslc and Gallery 7. The director of the non-profit Willis Gallery, David Moriarity, admits he nasn t had time to tind out what the move Y ineaiis n tenas t success and survival. Ho concedes, however, that they are doing well in their new location. y At Hrst I was worried about the move. I thought lliere might not be as many students, but there are more. There is more reason to come, too, with the other galleries here," Moriarity said. He also pointed out that they were no farther north of the art schools than they had been south before they lloved. Detroit has two major art schools- the Center lor Creative Studies and Wayne State University. The Willis was always a post-student gaüery a place which allowed the student oul of school to find his 01 lier medium and polish the product. However, wiih Iwo art schools churning out luindreds of artists every yeai (he Willis is overwhelmed with requesis by sHidenls who ish to show Iheir Work, So the st.ilï developed a rather strict jury system lor picking new talent. The Willis lias been lauded by some because of the stringent system while others have attacked il. complaiHtng thal the gallcry was nothing more than a big dique. "II' that's true we're au awfull) big dique, 72 stroiiL-." Moriarity said in a fortissimo voice as il' the 12 people were standing beliind hini. "Whoever says that simply doesn't know what they're talktng about." Take it easy, Dan. The real problem is that there are nol enough galleries like the Willis. I hc four-person show currently on display at the Willis Gallety representsa diversity of subject matter, form and technique, Being shown are the sensuous crayong sketches of Roy Castleberry. the abstract oils of Douglas James, the hright carloon-like work of Bradley Jones and the still lites of Kdward Levine. To the untrained eye Roy Castleberry 's work may seem the most polished. Not only is it unfair to compare a drawing to an oil, but his work was definitely the most commercial of the show : commercial in the sense that Castleberry's preoccupation with the female torso, especially the tit, will guarantee him a certain amount of commercial success. Two of the pastéis in his "I lesh" series showed close-ups of a lone breast. "I picked the human figure to work with because it is so wcll designed. . . such beautiful lines," Castleberry said. If beauty were the sole purpose of art, Castleberry's choice of subject matter would be fine; however, serious art addresses i I sel I k toward reality and reality isn't alwaj s as pietty ,is the female torso. k k A work of ar) shuuld make one tliink. I ukc Bradley Jones' "Inferno" series: k K is :is til] I of im.i " Castleberiy is nakctl of them. Somo of Jones' images, like his dog, dale hack to the SItlCS. " Jones has a way of makin; bis cnK us bright as acrylic. Mis "Infierno" is vjoierii, sexual, iierce ana intense, k Also filled with images is "Night out Alvaro for Donna Armen Pineda" by 1 duard Levine. The center of the painting k is an onion, which represent; the bitter fruit w Doniiü musí bear. Her luisbund, a jockey, was killed l.isl January when a horse threw him. LeL vine's paintings as a whole were sober, despite k crushed beer cans, well balanced and static. k Also being shown is Douglas James, who used oi dizcd iron partióles suspended in oil lor Mis abstract renditions of a dress. His brown paintings resemble rusty bolts more than dresses. The show will be on display now through October 25 at the gallery's new location on the third tloor of the Fisher Building. ■f IH6 RATS