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Opening reception for Michael Sellmeyer and Lauren Boilini

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Opening reception for Michael Sellmeyer and Lauren Boilini photo
Lauren Boilini

Editorial Review

By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, December 13, 2013

Works by area painters Michael Sellmeyer and Lauren Boilini are the focus of two new shows at Visarts, which will host a reception for both artists’ concurrent solo exhibitions on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Sellmeyer gets the big upstairs gallery, where he’s showcasing abstract paintings, drawings and prints inspired by the muscular forms and weathered surfaces of rocks, crumpled paper, wood and other humble objects. Boilini will be showing her more figurative work in the art center’s smaller, street--level gallery. This may strike some as ironic, given that her large--scale images are sometimes as wide as 20 feet across.

Or maybe not. As Boilini told the Web site Baltimore Fishbowl last year, she intentionally makes paintings at that scale in order to “physically overwhelm” the viewer.