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Alex Lilly: A Dark Fire

RICHARD SPEER
Thursday January 16
Cock Gallery
625 NW Everett St., No. 106
 
Alex Lilly’s astonishing show, A Dark Fire, is morbid, shocking and sexy. In luscious oil paints, he depicts people in the act of self-immolation, which is to say, setting themselves on fire. It’s an extreme but time-honored form of sociopolitical protest, especially among Buddhist monks, and the imagery plays well into Lilly’s passionate anti-capitalist sympathies. Formally, the work is gorgeous: dramatically composed, with the licks of multicolored fire rendered in sensual impasto. It’s a gifted artist indeed who can depict such a horrific act in a way that’s simultaneously sensational and respectful. Through Feb. 15.

 



Where: Cock Gallery
Phone: 552-8686
Address: 625 NW Everett St., No. 106

 
 

Cock Gallery

625 NW Everett St., No. 106
Portland, OR
97208
 
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