I promise this is the last short review… for April.
I was ready to see some wallpaper, floral designs at Flatbed as I looked at the show’s postcard. Entering the complex, I was pleasantly surprised at the surface texture of the welcoming print.
In the gallery space, the prints are all pretty much the same. There appears to be a base wash, with images of flowers and plants printed over it. But the best parts were what I thought were ink splatters. Inspecting it closely and reading the labels reveals them to be earth. Different naturally hued dirts were applied onto the prints. Some of the line work suggested veins or roots and playfully reminded me of fighting off the Beast of Boredom with “paint spiders”. It was the application of dirt that really won me over.
For some reason I always expect to find some stale, outdated work at Flatbed. I don’t know why. Maybe because they’re commercially successful and have been around so long. So far this year though, the work has been fresh. I’ve really enjoyed them. This show was GOOD.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.