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Rick Stevens -- Invoking the Unknown Medium to large oils on linen invoke the luminosity of Impressionism without directly quoting. These abstracts hint at scenes the viewer can never be sure what it is supposed to be, like reflections on water, they could be interiors, forests, or city scenes, ultimately expressing a detached contemplation on color, light and space. If you delve too deep, you'll find nothing more than an abstract; but the realization of the broken spell only increases the intrigue. At the Gallery KH, through January 30, 2010.

Seok-hyun Han -- Simply Fresh A common reaction to much contemporary art is one of befuddlement or outrage. Seok-hyun Han capitalizes on this reaction, eats up all the contemporary art that causes the reaction to start with, twists it, explains it, and finally spits it all back at the at the viewers and the contemporary art scene in a way that even a commoner could understand. The image of a fresh leaf of green leaf lettuce stands as a central symbol for what's "fresh and new" while the various reinterpretations of contemporary pop art poke both fun and rebuke to the contemporary establishment. At Walsh Gallery, through January 30, 2010. h

Robert Middaugh -- What Remains Beautifully constructed mixed-media boxes and and displays that are reminiscent of Joseph Cornell boxes and scientific curios. A made up language and alphabet paired with images of eclipses, moon, planet and sun phases, and other artifacts make illustrations to an unseen, mystical, ancient and foreign dissertation. At Printworks, through February 13, 2010.

Gregory Jacobsen -- Prostrate Grotesque imaginary vegetable and quasi-biological part constructions that stand in for mutilated bodies, animals, and other body parts. The small to medium paintings are immediately surrealist though not patently offensive or sexual as some of Gregory Jacobsen's work can often be. Although it's still difficult to think of hanging one of these works in one's house unless you really like horror films for the shear horror, the old adage "you are what you eat" does come to mind as it did for many critics looking at Arcimboldo's work. At Zg Gallery, through February 20, 2010.

Lauren E. Simonutti -- 8 Rooms, 7 Mirrors, 6 Clocks, 2 Minds & 199 Panes of Glass Lauren Simonutti explores her own mental illness at this deeply personal yet surrealist exhibit of small photographs. Obsessively examining and analyzing, these haunting images give us a glimpse into Ms. Simonutti's psychosis without losing our attention. Dark, lightly hand-painted images go where the surrealists want to but couldn't, can't, and probably shouldn't, but show that our dreams and deepest darkest areas of our mind are not as profane as they would have us believe, but may be just as confusing or puzzling. At Catherine Edelman Gallery, through March 6, 2010.

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