Local artist Jeffrey Richter
's choice of media is a refreshing one in the age of de facto digital image manipulation. Richter uses physically messy media, specifically charcoal and pastels, but his work is much more precise and structured than powdery pigments usually lend themselves to be. Evocative and dramatic, Richter's mostly black-and-white compositions contain elements of fantastical steampunk motifs, such as android-like bodies in Victorian settings, as well as more romantic-leaning imagery. Hear More Evil
, his stunning depiction of a four-armed, blindfolded man playing two violins, has beautiful movement and texture. Balancing many ideas within the same piece can be difficult, but the jarring surrealism seems natural in his work. Richter displays his work from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight at Concrete Ocean Art Gallery (2257 South Jefferson Avenue; 314-497-0199). Admission is free.
Fri., March 7, 7-11 p.m., 2014