Saturday, April 15, 2006

Graffiti Beyond Scribbling

A brief mention in today's post of Kelly Towles prints....

By Jessica Dawson
Special to The Washington Post
Saturday, April 15, 2006; Page C02

Graffiti Beyond Scribbling

· In the wrong artist's hands, graffiti-style gesture -- I'm seeing a lot of it these days -- devolves into mannered motif, a 21st-century rococo. Local talent Kelly Towles skirts the pitfall, just barely, by layering street-inspired strokes in engaging pigment prints that mingle photography, animation and graffiti. Also on view in this four-person print show: Donald Sultan's rich, sepia-toned smoke rings; Victor Schrager's drowsy pictures of books; and Robert Longo's photos of his friends performing epileptic seizures on a Manhattan rooftop -- images the artist used to make his iconic early '80s "Men in the Cities" series.

Adamson Editions at Adamson Gallery, 1515 14th St. NW, Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday noon-5 p.m., 202-232-0707, to April 29;

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