FARMINGTON - People are most fascinated by other people.
That human connection takes center stage in the Bountiful Davis Art Center’s new “People and Places” exhibit, running now through Feb. 14 in Farmington. Though some of the art does touch on the “places” part of the title, the focus of many of the pieces are squarely on the glory and strangeness of our fellow men and women.
Emily King takes a unique approach to the subject with paper art that balances between the emotional and metaphoric. Her “Forgiveness” could not be more simple or powerful, full of desperation and hope despite the fact that neither of the figures have expressions. “In Any Event, Commitment,” on the other hand, invites analysis with blurred shapes peeking out from the edge of the frame instead of faces.
Sandi Olson takes a warmer, earthier approach, particularly in her oil paintings. You can nearly feel the dust in both “Boston Station” and “Dreaming,” both of which attempt to capture the migrant experience. Lester B. Lee brings a lighter touch to that same earthiness, creating cowboys that seem formed out of rainwater and memories.
Joyce Rawson adds an even more fanciful touch to her work. Masks and costumes appear often, whether in the light, innocent “Parade” or the more mysterious and otherworldly “Game Room.” Her “Garden Party” strikes a perfect balance between the two, full of light and fun with a touch of something magical.
Carol Berrey’s works, on the other hand, is solidly grounded in physical reality. Her paintings of children are so simple they’re almost stark, leaving the child’s features and personality dominant enough to almost shout off the canvas.
Many of the children are charming, including the girls in “The Diva Wore Crocs” and “The Umbrella,” but the direct stare and slightly stubborn expression of “Francis Stewart” made her seem most alive. In the end, she’s the one who lingers in the memory.