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Donald J. McKenna In Missouri at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center

If Law and Order: Special Victims Unit were real and Chris Meloni showed up at our office demanding that we describe someone we met once at a party a year ago, and he said that a whole investigation depended on it ... well, he and Mariska Hargitay would be sadly disappointed. Our powers of recall leave something to be desired. Similarly, it's rare that we can remember in any great detail a specific image a year after an art exhibit opens. Medium, tone, general characteristics: yes. Exact color, form and lines in composition: not on your life, buddy. So it surprises us that from Donald J. McKenna's In Missouri, at Leedy-Voulkos last October, we're pretty sure we'll never forget one print: "Coyote," an image of the titular animal strung up high between two tall, slender trees. Among the 23 other large-scale color photographs -- all of which suggested human presence without using any people as subjects -- "Coyote" was particularly poignant, an unfussy illustration of the human potential for cruelty. Chalk it up to our rural Missouri upbringing, but it stuck with us.

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