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"When I finish one of those boxes and I've got it right, it makes the hair stand up on the back of my head," says Antioch artist Edmond Kanwischer of the vividly colored, weirdly patched, way-off-kilter boxes that are his stock in trade. "I set it up on the nightstand by my bed or some other place where I can contemplate it for a long period of time, and I just keep looking. I have to be transfixed by it." Kanwischer, who retired in 1996 after 27 years of teaching art at the College of Lake County, says the boxes are three-dimensional paintings. He starts each one with a sketch, then molds the materials he uses--mostly wood and some tin and copper--to his concept. The results are abstractions rendered as brightly painted, tangible sculpture. His son, Charles, on the other hand, sees things in black and white. His pencil drawings, based on photos of the real world, show familiar landscapes at the unfocused moment before we're consciously aware of what we're looking at. He turns realistic scenes to hovering shades of gray--insubstantial and semiabstract. "Two Generations of Art," an exhibit of work by both Kanwischers, continues at the Community Gallery of Art, College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington in Grayslake, through October 1. Hours are 8 to 9 Mondays through Fridays, 9 to 4:30 Saturdays, and 1 to 5 Sundays. It's free. Call 847-543-2240.

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