Saturday, May 31, 2008

Brian Lamora and Katrina Cathcart

Top Drawer Art Center in East Providence, which offers art programs for adults with developmental disabilities, is presenting an exhibit of two of its participants in “Two Friends: The Art of Brian Lamora and Katrina Cathcart.” These Bristol artists specialize in mesmerizing, electric patterns. Cathcart (pictured below) makes large paintings of fluorescent rainbow bars and stripes that seem to flash from across the room like cinema marquees. Up close little cartoony people and critters and witty scraps of writing (“Dog in a crazy unbelievable upsidedown world,” “Judge Judy is a cool lady in the court house,” “Beware genie bottles”) appear. Lamora (pictured above) makes obsessive marker drawings of circles and crosses, which he then subdivides with lots of little lines and colors in, predominantly with moody deep reds and blues. They resemble stained glass windows or geometric spiderwebs.

“Two Friends: The Art of Brian Lamora and Katrina Cathcart,” Top Drawer Art Center, 2731 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence, May 17 to June 6, 2008.

Pictured from top to bottom: Brian Lamora working on a piece that I’m told he has been busy with for 18 months, a detail of an untitled Lamora painting, Katrina Cathcart next to her painting “World History,” and a detail of “World History."


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