Christopher Ilth drives a fantasy daydream of collage in “Directory of Silence” at Reversible Eye. He lifts hundreds of tiny pieces of paper into glossy, raised textures for the wandering mind. Ilth has an undeniable dark, political and sometimes historic core unique to surrealist or Dada artists. Although the driving force may be a good ride, the unknown destination makes the journey even more attractive. The artist’s hard and dark layers of symbolism build a depth of dreamworks with muscle. Calculated thick mounting further outlines bold messages in already suggestive textures. The works are a well-calculated balancing act between steel and natural subjects that provoke wonderment in an end or beginning of the world context. Common earthly color schemes with a punch of an unordinary subject hue allude to a dark fairy tale. Or for the gamer, the images are also reminiscent of a fantasy video game that leaves you wondering if sparkles are used or if your eyes are playing tricks on you. There is no doubt, this promising artist may suit up well in a commercial arena or continue to inspire the fantasy daydreamers, minus the wild-flower dwellers, in all of us. (Stacie Boudros)
Through May 30 at Reversible Eye, 1103 N. California.