Debra Barrera reviews the exhibition Jeff Elrod and Jeremy DePrez: Fantasy Island at Texas Gallery, Houston, on view through July 6, 2013.
Barrera writes: "Elrod’s and DePrez’s works don’t fuse together... Yet, the juxtaposition amplifies each artist’s strengths. Elrod’s meticulous surfaces and precise color choices are undeniable, while DePrez’s sincerity is emphasized next to Elrod’s clean distance... Elrod and DePrez both reconsider what painting can be and in this exhibition their voices register on the same frequency... DePrez paints only in acrylic and oil but Elrod’s 'paintings' are produced mostly via large-scale digital printing, seamless in their deception. Even though Elrod does use paint on some of his canvases, the overall effect is an illusion of painting’s illusion."