John Wentz’s gallery show, Synthesis was better than I anticipated. He uses a fantastic mix of geometric outline and abstract expression. The real life-size pieces are so rich in texture, he uses harsh graphite lines paired with vibrant oil paints. The collection has a dark, yet innocent feel.His themes include a wonderful mix of child-like imagery and deathly figures. Key motifs included crows, superheros and gas-masks. I’m curious as to how John begins his art, many of the pieces held ridged guides, one would assume to guide the artist himself when it came to proportion and depth. I think it’s safe to assume that Wentz did indeed start his compositions with these guides, but was this the initial vision? Did he progress from there, or were his oil paints the true vision and the guides just an afterthought, an enhancement rather than cover up? I also must applaud John’s collection as a whole. Synthesis had a wide range of style and medium, not a single piece was out of place. Rarely does a gallery showcase such a large number of works that compliment each other as perfectly as Synthesis does.