Adam Miller has taken on a very ambitious task for himself: the creation of mythological and allegorical scenes that pose human figures in invented settings. The first phase of his career after art school — painting large scale murals often inspired by Tiepolo — came to an end after he realized that most of his clients simply wanted decorative backdrops. In his current easel paintings Miller has demonstrated an ambitious desire to re-visit and re-examinine mythological archetypes as they cope with challenging and contemporary situations. Miller has just turned 34 and his precocious transcendence of the norms of classical realism makes him an exciting and dynamic figure worth watching.
Francesco LoCastro must have had a lot on his mind when he constructed the paintings that comprise his recently opened “Advent” show at the Art and Culture Center. Enormous, larger-than-life, unquantifiable themes percolate from the artist’s colorful and exhilarating work, which reinterprets geometric abstraction for the 21st century through inventive bursts of epoxy resin. There are sometimes subtle, sometimes vast differences between the paintings, but they all embody a clutter of soft-hued, three-dimensional shapes that suggest no less than the very creation of our world.