The British have landed

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The British have come, and it is not too late to catch a glimpse of them before they are gone.

The Blue Star Contemporary Arts Complex is playing host to Phillip King, Philip John Evett and Harold Wood, three fantastic artists from England. The featured show, “The British Invasion,” will be leaving the complex Feb. 12. Make sure you get a glimpse of it before it’s gone.

As you enter Blue Star, you are greeted by the incredibly bold, brightly colored sculptures from Phillip King’s exhibit, “Four Decades of Color.” It features over 20 sculptures and prints created between 1963 and 2011. King is said to be one of the most important sculptors of our time. He pays close attention to the construction of his work. The sculptures are minimal at first glance, breaking down complex shapes and revealing their basic elements. At some points the exhibit is confusing due to the lack of information provided to those who might be searching for an explanation. It might be best to look past any desire for meaning and enjoy the work for its geometric shape, bold design and King’s ability to put together his work. It is well done.

Wood’s exhibit “Levelland [Points of Scale]” plays with the thin line between landscape and abstract. The series of paints feel peaceful even tranquil due to the lack of bright color in the majority of the series. One in particular that lies in the back left corner of the exhibit and remains untitled, feels exactly like a winter landscape. Without giving away any particular details, Wood instead forces his audience to fill in the blanks of the landscape. These paintings could have been done anywhere, yet the paintings feel very specific.

Evett’s untitled exhibit is a beautiful example of the abstraction of the human figure. His pieces are well crafted and designed. This detail enhances the individuality of the wood in each piece. His sculptures, together with his pen and ink drawings, create a duality between two and three-dimensional art. Together, they work fluidly throughout the space. Evett’s pen never seems to leave the page in his drawings, giving them a constant feel of movement, as if each part is created instantaneously, as if Evett tries not to over-think the work. The drawings are elegant, imaginative and playful.

The Blue Star Contemporary Arts Complex is free and open to the public Tues. thru Sat. 12 p.m. until 6 p.m and Thurs. 12 until 8 p.m.