Arts Past Isnt Dead

It isnt even past

Cynthia Evans' li'l allegories rely a sight too much on puns fit for "humorous" self-help books. A Marriage of True Minds #2 features a wedding portrait in flat, shadowless paper-doll style of a woman and her cat/bridegroom. Get it? Because cats are better for women than men! And there's even a funny book that says so! Because a cat will never tell you, "Gee, honey, you look fat in those pants," like a stupid man would! Am I right, ladies? Hmmm? I did, however, like Sense and Sensibility because it features a brain in a jar.

Inez Storer's dirty, layered collages seem to be half James Thurber and half guerrilla artist Becca, whose cartoon silhouettes adorn plywood construction-site barriers throughout LA. Mine features a dog on wheels, a head on a stool, and a dressing table with a framed picture of what's either a sailor or Chairman Mao. It's too bad Storer's junkyard ethic extends to littering her canvases with stenciled, spray-painted alphabets, illuminating nothing, because we dig anyone who throws simpering, studly sailors around, as she does in Primo. Maybe next time she could use a cowboy or two.

"The Figure, Philosophy and FaÁades" at Diane Nelson Fine Art, 435 Ocean Ave., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-2440. Open Sun.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; and by appt. Through Sun. Free.
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