Stuck in one's own head

  "Untitled (Charlie Parker)''  (silver, rubies, tektite and graphite on paper), by Todd Pavlisko, in his show "Now's the Time,'' in the University Hall Gallery at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Sept. 8-Oct. 15.

"Untitled (Charlie Parker)''  (silver, rubies, tektite and graphite on paper), by Todd Pavlisko, in his show "Now's the Time,'' in the University Hall Gallery at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, Sept. 8-Oct. 15.

The gallery says, somewhat heavily:

"In Charlie Parker’s classic hit 'Now’s the Time,' the jazz great culls us to 'Gather around, tale to be told - Maybe it's new, maybe it's old, listen my friend….''

"Bird of a feather, Todd Pavlisko resurrects this crooning in his layered exhibition by the same title. Pavlisko’s “Now’s the Time” looks at the proclamation less as a carpe diem call to action and more as an internal examination of that endless cycle of being stuck in one’s own head—that often comfortably uncomfortable, seemingly tractionless mental hovering over one’s deep desires and obsessions. The time that is now in Pavlisko’s case is like that rinse-and-repeat 'now-time' that gets played over and over again in our heads—the record needle of our fixations continually getting waxed right back to the beginning, onto the scratchy edge of our memory’s looped replay. Pavlisko asks us to 'gather around,' not necessarily to join arms and plot our path to rattle change, but rather to step inside a chamber of passions—a cauldron of boiling preoccupations. Through these individual works, which also function collectively as a singular installation, the artist gives us a peek behind the curtain as he steps us through a visual landscape of his own character development while also asking us to find ourselves (or not) within this veritable garden of earthly delights.''