So here I am trying to plan a return visit to a show that closed two days ago. My apologies for being such a dink. Maybe if I brought back the Flava-Flav look I could keep better track of time.
Grid at the CRL was a decent show. I realize that the space is an arm of the art department and is forced to draw from what occurs in that community. So there was some good stuff and some not so good stuff. My absolute favorite piece was Jarrod Beck’s piece hanging from the wall. The two-by-fours were dynamically suspended and suggested a falling movement. And the light emanating from the center made it look like a theatrical spotlight revering and ominous at the same time. Another favorite and similar work was Aron Johnston’s. His was a cylindrical construction of two-by-fours, but it was painted a silvery gray and contained colorful beams on the inside, along with an internal light source.
I wasn’t sure if the Palazzolo sisters worked on the portraits together, but those were some nice paintings. Could I be any more jealous?! The renderings were tight but very alive. Having those women role model/ heroines all sexified was fun as I think about how motherhood and charity work has become trendy since Angelina and some other Hollywood beauties have justified it. Like fer sure! I just love the way Lupe is able to take care of my little darlings 24/7 while her kids are selling oranges on the streets of LA. What? Me, spiteful?
Over all, the theme was overarching and the variety found in the show was inescapable. I like themed shows, but I also like to have a dominant idea informing the audience. There were one or two pieces I could have done without, but it was a GOOD show. The curator did a good job of keeping the riff-raff out.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.