Erika Greenberg-Schneider does not often organize public art exhibitions at Bleu Acier. Much of her time is spent collaborating with artists, including her husband, sculptor Dominique Labauvie, on prints in her atelier. The master printer works with painters, photographers and sculptors throughout the world to create museum-quality print editions.
So "Steve McClure: Mentiri" is cause for celebration and a visit to the gallery at 109 W Columbus Drive in Tampa to see recent works on paper that have been on view before.
Technically, his drawings and prints are in the realist realm with a narrative running through them. Though his landscapes and interiors, resonant with melancholic or elegaic beauty, are often recognizable, they aren't literal. Mentiri is Latin for the verb "to lie." In an exhibition statement, Labauvie writes that "to lie is to imagine." That's a blunt but concise explanation of the illusionist nature of art.
The group is up through May 18. The gallery is open to the public only on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. but worth arranging your schedule for a trip. bleuacier.com.