Joyce Hill's work is tied up with the urban landscape. This subject matter -- especially in a post-industrial city that has lost half its population -- is practically inexhaustible. Hill has funneled it into compelling collages that pose vague questions about the urban spaces we inhabit, as well as those we've abandoned.
Her latest exhibition, "Street Phantom," opens Thursday in the Carnegie Art Center (240 Goundry St., North Tonawanda). It features a series of new collages dealing specifically with the markings on and around city streets and the effect those markings may have on the city and citizenry alike. "I believe my work communicates my feelings about beauty in discarded items, markings, and urban images," Hill wrote in a statement. "I am currently interested in the streets of large cities and how markings on their walls made by street artists influence how we view the structure of our cities."
The exhibition will remain on view through July 12, with more information available at www.carnegieartcenter.org or 694-4400.
-- Colin Dabkowski