Wednesday, April 14

Orange you Glad?: Robert Peterson's "Oranges in Plastic Bag" is so realistic we had to look twice and make two puns.
Robert Peterson
Orange you Glad?: Robert Peterson's "Oranges in Plastic Bag" is so realistic we had to look twice and make two puns.

Honestly, when we got the image for Robert Peterson's Interior Light exhibit, we thought it was a photograph. Some paintings are so accurate that they appear to have a photographic quality. But pastels? That stuff we could never get a grasp on? That messy crap that never gave us a definite line? We immediately felt stupid and simultaneously amazed. Hell, we work in photography, so how could we not know? The Valley House Gallery credits him with the "heightened visual perception of being deaf." That may be part of it. Remaining senses are supposed to grow stronger when one is lost, but we don't recall artistic talent being one of the major senses. Peterson's work often features eggs, oranges and pears, but the subjects of Interior Light show none of the tediousness of the basic still life. They gleam and hover and verge on rolling away. And all with pastels. The gallery is located at 6616 Spring Valley Road. Call 972-239-2441.

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