The wondrous Wanda Kevis cuts loose with "Wit & Whimsy" at Brush and Palette, with work that embodies both qualities in equal measure. There is the broad, gestural and ohso-winking whimsy in much work. Then there is the quieter art that is full of wit, nothing droll or dry, just a bit less boisterous. And it's all good!It's also staggering in its range. You've got figurative art that just might make you laugh out loud, along with abstract collages that are deeply spiritual, well crafted graphite drawings that reflect an innate talent and technique to spare, plus more, more, more!
"The Dance" is at once celebra-tory in a deep sense that transcends its immediate humor, yet still is full of fun. This one is all out Caribbean, with this dreadlocked couple strutting their stuff in Trenchtown to the sound of Bob Marley.
The palette here is subdued, yet there is nothing pastel here. Rather it runs closer to nature, with earth tones that offer both figures a regal character. Indeed, there is something royal roiling through this comic and ever-kinetic composition. One wonders if this is Romeo and Juliet in some alternate universe where that world's Shakespeare wrote their tale as a romantic comedy. We can only hope so.
Utterly alien, and totally mysterious, "Red Moon Rising" offers a scene form another planet. This piece has just about everything but the kitchen sink as it features mixed media, collage and stamps, all of which add to a sum that is indeed far and away greater than its individual parts.
Rising across the piece are towers against a black background, a sky with the red moon peering from behind one of the towers, their tops jagged. Are they buildings or gigantic living beings? Bands of gray wend their way through the blackness, suggesting lava flows or strange rivers, perhaps polluted or else that color because of the evening.
"Lunch Break/Pear" is a technically proficient and ever so subtle drawing. This is a still life with a difference, in that the perspective seems to be at a slight angle rather than a straightforward take of a pear front and center. Close by are various artistic accoutrements, including a spiral sketchpad, containers of pigment that hide a roll of Scotch tape, a wide mouthed pencil holder and an almost incongruous object that seems to be a container of sorts. Who knows, however. It could be a chrysalis.
These elements are offered in a style that is not bold, but nearly pastel, if such a thing could be said about drawing.
There is one diptych in the show, though the halves have "individual" titles. "Portals I" is a strange landscape that features a number of stones ranging across it that suggests an open-roofed Stonehenge, while wheeling through the heavens above are a couple closely orbiting planets that are followed by our own moon.
"Portals II" is somewhat similar, of course, in its mystery and astronomical pull. This could be because of the monolith that is the center of attention, akin to that from "2001: A Space Odyssey." Here, Mars takes the place of our own moon as the object in the sky that keeps the scene not just close to home but here at home.
"Wit and Whimsy" rocks!