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MAR 21, 2011


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James Cicatko

Why: The scariest art I've seen in a long time is a large pencil drawing by James Cicatko that hangs on the eastern-facing wall at Gallery4Culture this month; the second scariest is another large pencil drawing by that artist on the western-facing wall. They create a force field of pain and misery. Cicatko is a meticulous draftsman; these are controlled, perfected drawings adapted from the contorted faces of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, an obscure 18th-century sculptor who's become a cult figure among art lovers. Cicatko's versions are products of poverty. These men, hidden and frozen behind mask faces, are surrounded by empty beer cans, graffiti, and their victims. (Gallery4Culture, 101 Prefontaine Pl S, 296-8674, 9 am–5 pm, free)

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