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Katzenstein displays computer imagery



729 E. Pratt St. "Experimental Images"

Local educators Mary Jacque Benner and Jane Kelly Morais examine the possibilities of computer-generated imagery in this exhibit of recent works. An associate professor of fine art at Loyola College, Ms. Benner photographs cemetery monuments, then manipulates and paints the imagery with the computer, giving new life to an old and, perhaps, forgotten scene. Ms. Morais is an associate professor of art and the art gallery director at Catonsville Community College. Those familiar with her work will recognize these delicate compilations of computer transfers and color xerography upon handmade paper. Among the elements she incorporates are seashells, leaves, bits of clothing and architectural features. An opening reception will be held tonight from 5 to 7:30. Through Jan. 31. Call (410) 727-0748.

"Each painting is a recipe of the idea, the paint, the image and the eyesight," states David Carter, one of two artists spotlighted at Maryland Hall. "I am both the chef and the ingredients." Painting in oil and acrylic and drawing in pencil, these works are for the most part self-portraits, exploring the phenomenon of self-encounter with theatrical overtones.

Maintaining it is a fatal conceit to say man is at a higher plane than nature, Paul Germain says his oils on canvas and paper pose the question, "Why does man choose to deny his connection to nature in today's world?" Domestic and exotic animals share the picture plane with a human hand print or animal bones upon a moving, abstract color field, creating a shamanistic scene where the juxtapositions tell the story.

Through Jan. 18. A gallery talk with the artists will be held Jan. 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. Call (310) 263-5544.

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