Solo exhibitions captivate audiences with portrayals of city and nature

Brodie Hall's Lederer Gallery is showcasing the solo shows of artists Larry Winston Collins and Lanna Pejovic until the beginning of October to kick off this semester's gallery season.

Both exhibitions, Pejovic's "In Harmony" and Collins' "Urban Rhythms," feature different forms of abstracted imagery. On the Lederer Gallery website, Geneseo gallery director Cynthia Hawkins wrote, "[Both artists] share an appreciation for landscape whether cityscape or mindscape, and each has a particular touch."

Collins focuses on the successions of cityscapes, which he refers to as "Mechaniscapes," in one series. These abstract representations seem to invoke skyscrapers in the rigid rectangles protruding from one another, and the organic etchings within the shapes bring attention to the chaos and bustle occurring within the geometry of the architecture.

Because there are only slight variations between each series of the larger work, the individual elements of each of Collin's pieces intensify the rhythmic quality of his mixed-media work. This feeling is echoed in one series' title, "City Rhythms." Ironically, the majority of his pieces are dominated by earthy and muted tones, leaving the skyscraper-like forms appearing relatively natural and unobtrusive.

Pejovic's oil paintings, monoprints and monotypes portray landscapes and dreamscapes in earth-toned organic forms. She often utilizes the layering of patches of color to create a feeling of depth, as if the viewer is looking down into the scene from an altitude or horizontally into the distance and capturing pieces of information along the way. Her composition titles help to explain the imagery that one can see emerging out of the abstract.

One of her featured pieces embodies her reaction to Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night:" an oil painting appropriately called "My Starry Night." While her version is much more abstract and features warm colors that contrast the original's cool tones, viewers will identify a strong parallel in the spiraling forms and quality of brush stroke.

"In Harmony" and "Urban Rhythms" will run until October 7.