Grief is a foreign country that we all visit. Elements of this other land are familiar, but different in a peculiar way. The food tastes duller there, the landscape is hollow and empty and even the sky is the wrong color in grief. Barb Flunker made a trip there, and returned with a series of abstract paintings that render the scenery in swathes of thick, grisly color. Flunker's friend and fellow artist Dickson Beall then reinterpreted Flunker's paintings as a journey going the other direction toward acceptance and renewal. Their collaborative art exhibition, Hybrid Terrain
, is visual documentation of that other realm we visit, and our eventual return to this far brighter world. Hybrid Terrain
opens with a free public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, September 13, at the Center of Creative Arts (524 Trinity Avenue, University City; 314-725-6555 or www.cocastl.org
). The show remains up through Sunday, November 17, and the gallery is open daily.
Sept. 13-Nov. 17, 2013