On exhibit now through May 9 at the Norick Art Center at Oklahoma City University is an exhibition of ambitious soon-to-be graduates who have obviously devoted themselves to their studio practice. Especially notable, Shannon Crider, Clinton Bowman and Jackie Jones have definitely honed their artistic voices while in school.
Crider's patterned, wistful collages show both technical skill and emotional depth. The layers of the physical painting mirror the layers of history that seem to lie in each image. Jones' portraits scream with personality. Somewhere outside Chuck Close's over sized portraits and Andy Warhol's outrageous colors, Jones captures verve. Bowman's photographs chronicle surreal spaces. His eye for negative space and color enliven what almost seems like photographs of a possible future.
Congratulations to these seniors.