Scott Ingram’s exhibition …through line…, currently on display at Solomon Projects through March 13, is a continuation of the artist’s fascination with Modernist sculpture. Ingram has the ability to deconstruct any building or structure into a simple arrangement of line that leaves only a hint of what he is representing. Unfortunately, his current show loses some of his prior work’s charm because of the lack of both sculptural elements and building materials. However, the work featured in this exhibit does retain the meticulous execution and minimal palette that define his work; it also continues the tongue-in-cheek nods to less celebrated architecture such as half pipes and storage containers.
Ingram’s work seems to have lost its polish in the exhibit’s disparateness. The works on view jump from minimal and elegant drawings to collaged cutouts, to large-scale Bauhaus referential paintings, and then finally to a triptych of relatively traditional architectural renderings. The schizophrenic nature of the works in the main gallery detracts from the strongest pieces, which are in the front gallery. In this space, the carefully arranged, yet quirky, layout creates a landscape that reflects the familiar urban-rural juxtaposition seen around Metro Atlanta. The bursts of color that circle the room expertly lead the viewer’s eye through each structure. Ingram’s restraint in these works undoubtedly is his strength.