Mary Beth Woiccak
Visual Artist

Traveling the Landscape

Octane Coffee Bar and Lounge
1009-B Marietta St.
Atlanta, GA 30318
September 1 - 31, 2005

Writing's on the wall, and hubcaps, too

Art on the edge in Atlanta
by Jerry Cullum

Access Atlanta, 9/8/05

WHAT IT IS: Mary Beth Woiccak's painting exhibition, "Traveling the Landscape," is on view at Octane.

BACKGROUND: Woiccak, who happens to work next door at Sandler Hudson Gallery, is taking advantage of Octane's regular exhibition schedule, but not of preference by proximity. This is a body of work that would do credit to any space, though its cool, crisp and subdued line and color scheme (aka palette) looks particularly good in Octane's surroundings.

THE MESSAGE: A few of Woiccak's landscapes echo Asian ink painting, with tree outlines on a horizon defined by dripping lines of ink. But most are text mixed with spare abstraction. "Arch," for example, is an abstracted picture of a natural bridge with partly legible, handwritten words, including "acts like a time machine." They refer to the layers of rock in the landscape. "Hub Caps, Greenville TN" is a little more down-home; it's a photo transfer showing a wall lined with hubcaps. Above are the scrawled lines, "I was driving from Greenville, TN and passed this sight. Hubcaps."

HOW TO SEE IT: The intimate, small one-liners like the hubcaps piece hang on an unimpeded wall, but as usual some of the pieces that reward close looking are right above tables where people are likely to be sitting. Just lean over, smile and say, "Excuse me for a minute."

THE 411: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays Fridays, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sundays. Through Sept. 30. Octane Coffee Bar and Lounge, 1009-B Marietta St., 404-815-9886.