Picture Ping Pong at Quality Pictures looks, feels and quacks like a Los Angeles show. Curated by Elizabeth Huey, it features work culled from 16 artists' MySpace pages. The mixed-media works exude a marvelously trite Gen-Y insouciance: graphic design- and drawing-influenced and shamelessly autobiographical. Emmanuelle Pidoux's obligatory ink drawing of a deer sets the tone, as does Matthew Rodriguez's No, No, No, No I Love You More, with its heart-shaped candies, construction-paper rainbows, and Mr. Potato Head imagery. This is Jerry Saltzian "termite art" at its best—which is to say, at its worst. 916 NW Hoyt St., 227-5060.
Painter Barry Mack is on a careerlong quest to visually depict transcendental moments: Joan of Arc-caliber epiphanies that were the stock and trade of painters such as Caravaggio, Rembrandt and Tanner. In his current show at Lawrence, Mack presents acrylic paintings that riff on the relationship between macrocosm and microcosm, geologic and nebular flow, in a manner that recalls David Geiser and Matt Lamb. In works such as the oozy, crackly Genesis, Mack exults in surface effects, while in Heartbreak he swirls irridescent aqua, creating nifty interference shifts. Mack is less successful in pieces such as Collaboration, which introduce explicitly geometric elements, which seem incongruous atop his magmatic fields. 903 NW Davis St., 228-1776. Closes Feb. 28.