The Suffolk University Art Gallery presents a solo exhibition of Arthur Henderson's sculptures, drawings and installations through Feb. 17, 2012.
The works included in Henderson's Wordly exhibit combine intellect and irreverence and showcase a range of media, craftsmanship, and subject matter.
The energetic assemblages and scrawled narratives are conceptually dense and materially loose and read like protest banners.
They boast a heady range of sources, from J. L. David's portrait of Napoleon to the legacy of Allen Ginsberg, from Zeno's paradoxes to a silly putty print of a Bruce Nauman text piece.
Combining realism and expressionism, Henderson illustrates his cultural references with painted details on objects made of plaster, carved and molded plastics, and even cement. These stand-ins for consumer mascots are integrated into animated conglomerations that allow figurative work to leverage humor and still resonate with cynicism.
Henderson will speak about his work at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, and a reception will follow from 5-7 p.m.
The gallery is located in the New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University, 75 Arlington St., Boston. It is open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Entry is through the main lobby at 10 Saint James Ave. after 7 p.m. and on weekends.