- Jock Pottle, CatBird, ink on paper, 20â€ x 30â€, 2008.
Jock Pottle’s drawings depict a layered world where things hidden from the eye are not hidden from the imagination. A typical Pottle scene portrays humans blithely unaware of the supernatural events happening above and below them, such as frolicking angels and cavorting devils. Flora and fauna evoke a pop-art Audubon, and even these make the viewer question what mischievous creatures are lurking just beyond his or her gaze. Each drawing—full of folk-art qualities—narrates the ultimate struggle between good and evil. In a realm where sinister elements carve out a space of their own, Pottle provides a dash of humor to leave the observer piqued, but not entirely scared.
Jock Pottle’s drawings will be exhibited through August 6 at Mountain Cow Cafe in Pine Plains. (518) 398-0500; www.mtcowcafe.com.