Carol John’s work Striped (2014), a cheerfully nostalgic, ice cream parlor-themed oil painting, is situated at the beginning of her exhibition “I Want Candy” at {Poem 88}.  It features eyes, broken combs, cigarette butts, ice cream cones, polka dots,…

“There are things here not seen in this photograph.” The words are handwritten in all caps above a black-and-white image of a vacant city tavern—two empty bar stools; liquor bottles along the wall; cigarette dispenser; linoleum floor littered with…