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Monumental Gestures

When: Fri., June 12, 6-8 p.m. 2015

DONALD MARTINY: MONUMENTAL GESTURES

FRIDAY, JUNE 12, CHAPEL HILL

ALLCOTT GALLERY AT UNC—Picture a daub of paint, perhaps one color, perhaps several, midway through being mixed with a palette knife. Now, picture a group of them, rendered much larger than life in polymers and pigments, hanging in relief on a gallery wall. You have just imagined the work of Chapel Hill's Donald Martiny, whose new Allcott Gallery show was curated by UNC-Chapel Hill art professor Elin O'Hara Slavick. Martiny is an internationally collected artist who pulls off a neat trick, turning painting's raw starting point into a finished, polished product that blurs into the realm of sculpture. But more than being clever, his forms have real impact and verve, bulging and swooping on the walls, turning the gallery into a palette for some higher order of being. Martiny will be present at this opening reception, after which the show runs for the month of June. 6–8 p.m., free, 115 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill, 919-962-2015, www.donaldmartiny.com.Brian Howe

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