You're likely to find the pristine white walls of Roy Boyd's gallery adorned with splashes of color and tactile, sculptural works begging to be tugged or tweaked. Considering the behavior deemed appropriate at such fine art establishments, you'll have to tame your instinct to touch the often playful and provocative selection of art; it is a feast for the eyes and a playground for the mind.
Focusing on, but not limited to, abstraction in paintings, works on paper and sculpture, the range encompasses: Joan Livingstone's sculptures dealing with concepts of surface, pelt, skin and metaphors for the body using materials such as thread, felt, wax and sutures; William Conger's semi-abstracted landscapes viewed through a window; Sarah Krepp's data-driven, optical mazes; and Joel Perlman's steel, bronze and copper shapes welded in "precarious joints." The majority of artists, about 30 to count, hail from Chicago; a small contingency comes from Europe and across the States.
Running the gallery since 1972 (it now resides in its fourth home), Boyd has mastered the art of display. The pieces have room to breathe, and, between the main space, a small, tailored display downstairs and friendly conversation with Boyd himself, visitors will find plenty of reasons to stay for a while.
Centerstage Reviewer: Jessica Herman