An East Village Review

430 East 9th Street
June 4-July 5

Densely packed, miniature works by over 200 artists create a visual overload as one steps into Micro Stress. Remiscent of browsing at a flea market, there is pleasure in sorting through the myriad works and discovering satisfying pieces among the extremes in quantity and quality. Particularly intriguing are two frescoes, bordered in metal frames, by Esperanza Cortes. These iconlike paintings are delicate and quiet- one depicting a woman and a child staring at the viewer, and the other a man lying under a tree. Marc Mancini’s red, rubbery, biomorphic sculptures are hybrids of plants, pods and fruits. Rick Prol’s figures are sketched energetically on gold leaf paper and capture the best aspects of his work. M.C. Zacharow’s paintings of fusion dim the boundaries between male, female, eros, birth, and the child. A graphically teeming triptych by Geoff Gilmore in primary colors is also eye catching. George Haas has scavenged metal parts and has transformed them into anthropomorphic fetishes. Alberto de Braud’s “Human Madness” is a group of roughly modelled, repeating figures forming a single entity. Scott Hartley’s multi-layered drawing of and insect is also memorable, as is Leonard King’s warped interior diorama. On the inner surface of a flat box, Adriano Lambe has carved in low relief, a wooden rose whose center is a compass which locates you as you inspect it. Frank Palaia, John Lysak, Michi Itami, and Allen Berke offer other engaging works. Unfortunately, much of the work, whether strong or weak, tends to become buried in a visual blur by such a crowded viewing. However, with patience and the willingness to wade through a wide range of work, there is to be found in this show something worthwhile for almost any viewer. – J.J.