The other of the installations also features a birdcage, this one with a life size bronze sculpture of a boy inside that the birds may perch upon. This boy returns as a motif in other paintings. In one, he naps, using a stingray as a pillow. In another, the boy hangs from a tree branch.
In these paintings, a poetic sort of story starts to form—a tale of innocence and melancholy—that emits from the paintings to the viewer. But the story never really comes into focus, insofar as the signifiers never connect in a literal way. In this, “Lone Star” becomes a mysterious world of environments and scenes that haunt and bewilder as much as they are satisfyingly beautiful.