The current show at this airy showcase looks like the work of a wildly imaginative teen-ager--the sort who tunes out the teacher and retreats into drawing his fantasies. Instead, these little gouaches--mostly diptychs pairing 5-by-7-inch images--are the work of two wildly imaginative grown-ups who correspond bicoastally through drawings.
Steve Galloway lives in Los Angeles, Ed Henderson in New York. As I understand it, one artist sends the other a drawing, the recipient answers with another, and the two works are paired, matted and framed as a single artwork.
This is difficult to fathom because the artists' styles and materials are nearly indistinguishable. Though the two parts of a work may differ sharply, and even function independently, the touch is almost identical. This would raise suspicions if the artists hadn't been collaborating for eight years or more, along with pursuing separate oeuvres. More surprising than their stylistic cloning is that Galloway and Henderson are on the same wavelength. Sparked by diabolical magic and social conscience, they put one in mind of such historical figures as Hieronymus Bosch and contemporary miniaturist Scott Miller. Such artists don't quite succeed in setting forth human doom on the head of a pin, but that seems to be part of their motivation.