In art, there are staunch purists who subscribe to the belief that the old techniques are the best and frown on any attempts to modernize the creative process. These people lack foresight and ingenuity, and would have shunned artists like Warhol, Pollack and Monet. So when I saw the work of artist McCrystle Wood, I smiled and thought, “This show is going to piss off all the right people.” You see, Wood, an art professor, painter and sculptor finds inspiration in nature and then crafts beautiful abstracted computer images that are bold, moody and brilliant. The work is the epitome of what the purists hate, and that exact reason is why I love them so much.
THROUGH AUGUST 25Patio Gallery, Jewish Community Center