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Terry Campbell and Shane Coffey. There are two emerging artists with solos on view at Pirate. In the capacious front gallery is an ambitious painting exhibit with the three-volume title of Present State of Mind: Art Exhibition Historical Timeline Mr. Terry Campbell. Campbell does paintings of larger-than-life-sized men posed awkwardly and placed in strange settings, including a forest of bare trees, a nighttime roadside and one in which the figure is surrounded by the hose of a carpet cleaner. Campbell is referencing '80s neo-expressionism, particularly the work of Anselm Kiefer, both in the brushwork and in the dark and earthy palettes. In the small Associates Space is another show with an epic title: Shane Coffey: The Kingdom of God, Three Angels and Seven Women: New Paintings & Drawings. These pieces also refer to art history, but in Coffey's case, it's cubism and surrealism from the early twentieth century. They look completely abstract until you notice the figure emerging from the skeins of lines. The very Picassoid pastels are particularly strong, being densely composed and thus visually rich. Through July 12 at Pirate: Contemporary Art, 3655 Navajo Street, 303-458-6058, www.pirateartonline.org.

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