Ryan Hogan, a sculptor whose work is currently on display in Scarritt-Bennett Center's gallery F, quotes Eva Hesse in his artist's statement: "I wanted to get to non art, non connotive, non anthropomorphic, non geometric, non nothing." The artists who share space in the gallery's current exhibit have a similar interest in making work that surprises and even discomfits. While all five are young locals (three are recent Watkins graduates), their work is in diverse media, including photography, video and installation. Hogan's rectangular sculptures use light to illuminate biological-looking shapes that float in colored fluids; the effect is abstract yet eerily familiar. Jennifer Campbell's color photographs are disarmingly crisp and precise, depicting men and women engaged in ambiguous acts of communication. Should the show's conceptual approaches prove too fresh, visitors can also enjoy Scarritt-Bennett's other amenities, including a coffee shop and 10 acres of wooded grounds.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: March 21. Continues through April 26, 2009