A decade after the West Hartford Art League first showed Argentinian painter Andrés Montiel's work — one of his first U.S. shows — they'll host a homecoming of sorts at their Buena Vista Road gallery, where his funky, provocative landscapes will hang until Oct. 28. Read the fine print in "Piqueteros" (pictured): "anti-gov demonstration" and "homeland security" are scrawled alongside the "Hilton Hotel" like some sort of subversive map for plotting mayhem. That "Hilton" itself is twisted, literally, two snake-like, suggestive, entangled protrusions rising out of the cityscape, like a living being. It's surreal and as pleasing to the eye as a conventional sunset scene. Montiel has sold paintings all over the world, but he lives here. And that makes this a hometown show of sorts. Show some love.
Andrés Montiel: Tales of Concrete and Clouds
ends Oct. 28, West Hartford Art League, 37 Buena Vista Road, West Hartford, (860) 231-8019, westhartfordart.org.