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Swarthmore's List Gallery. Duncan Johnson's inclusion in the "Networks and Intersections" group show at Swarthmore is astute. This Vermont sculptor's presence steadies the impact of the other three Vermont/New Hampshire artists, in effect strengthening the exhibit as a unit. Johnson's heavily carpentered organic shapes, pieced together from many small, blocky sections and then stained, have the most chutzpah here.
Several objects by Elizabeth Duffy, also working three-dimensionally, attract attention because they look like real honeycombs, for example, not the art they are, made from simple materials such as straws and wire mesh. Best are her subtler white-on-white relief patterns that look like they were embossed on paper.
Louise Hamlin's oils and pastels are plastic-mesh fences seen against the natural form of a pebbled riverbed. Why does Hamlin, an obviously talented artist who headed Dartmouth College's printmaking department, seem obsessed with these synthetic fences?
The show's organizer, Esme Thompson, displays paintings full of intricate networks of line that insist upon picture surface and prevent the reading of background.
Swarthmore College's List Gallery, Swarthmore. To Dec. 15. Tue-Sun noon-5. Free. 610-328-7811.

Swathmore College List Gallery 2007