My apologies to all of the May shows. I’m not trying to ignore you, but this is the new format I want to use for covering shows. This should allow me to post my thoughts on the previous week’s offerings and give me more personal time. I’ll also try to pick out two or three shows a month to write extensively on.
Ahead of Their Time – Arthouse
An annual show for local high school art. The work was just that. There were some mature pieces, but none surpassed anything that is created in college. I am of the mind that the basics must be learned first before the testing of boundaries. Sure there are some that can make things that bypassed some fundamental experience or teaching, but in the long run it is a deficiency not to know. Nothing groundbreaking, but an important necessity for incubating interest for the arts. NOT BAD
Justice For All? – Gallery Lombardi
Open call juried show around the topic of death row. The work varied greatly, from well-shown art professors to incarcerated, self-taught artists. Formally, the inmates’ work was not successful, but the inclusion of their pleas and stories is conceptually strong. Like many political discussions I have witnessed, this exhibition is heavily one-sided. Maybe there aren’t that many artists that see the need for some consequence/detterant for vicious crimes or maybe their work was not eloquent enough for the show. If you mess with my shit, you’re going down, clown! Don’t you know I’m loco? This felt more like an exercise in community outreach. The art came second to the topic. NOT BAD
UT Design – CRL
The walkthrough revealed a talented group of designers. Some more succesful than others. Everything I saw looked like some design I have already seen. I didn’t see any new and mind-blowing work, but was I supposed to? Probably not, but there you have it. Products and graphic design ready to apply for a job near you. I thought the Scutz(sp?) were a neat idea. NOT BAD
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.