ACC Student Art Exhibition – DAC
Another survey for the end of the school calendar. The work feels as uninformed as the high school show, yet has an older perspective. There are more shining stars from this group. I'm not familiar with ACC's art program (I think its only a two year), but it appears that it is pretty good for introductory courses. Another two years and I'm sure they'd put some pressure on UT! NOT BAD
Ars Ipsa – Irongate
Another show for this collection of artists. I kinda sped through the gallery that night. I remember thinking the work looked like it was still in process. Perhaps the gallery lent that feel to it. The work hanging on the movable wall in front of the bay door sticks out in my memory. It was presented in a sloppy manner. I couldn't figure out if it was a collage or a group of drawings pinned up salon style.
Laura Latimer's work also stuck out. The tube-constructed sculpture begged to be painted. The natural color and texture of the cardboard and its frayed edges makes it feel incomplete. The gessoed tubes I saw were elevated, but still felt incomplete as the white paint was roughly applied. Besides the funky piece on the movable wall, the work felt like decent investigations. NOT BAD
Trent Tate – Volitant
Mr. Tate's paintings have this mystic, spiritual aura to them. His charcoal drawings also managed to conjure that same appearance. The addition of the white charcoal acted more like a blemish concealer and I wondered what they would look like without it. Made me dream of some nice Seurat drawings. The site specific research on William Radam was intelligent, but also felt like a publicity stunt. The place was packed at the supposed closing time. GOOD
Sugarcoated – WTW
This show was light-hearted. The heavyhanded use of sweets made it feel gimicky. Bonnie Gamill's work was rough around the detailing. Theresa Vargas' chocolate dipped tools might have better existed as chocolate pieces shaped by molds and hung against a cleaner pegboard. Lisa Ludwig's sculpture lacked chutzpah. The rest of the group was a decent collection of painterly works. Sarah Lasley has an immediate reference to Robert Longo, Aimee Jones has a parallel to local Nina Rizzo, and Donna Huanca has a slight connection to local Candace Briceno. Because of the first three artists mentioned, this show felt overextended. NOT BAD
50/50 – Mass
Even though they moved the opening night on me, I have no hard feelings. bastards The work was stupendously varied. As an attempt to have one artist from each of the 50 states to send an artwork, it was fun. Unfortunately too many artists broke the rules about having to use the packaging material in the presentation. So we end up with some nice looking photographs pristinely hanging next to postcards, drawings within envelopes and sculptures emerging from boxes. It was funny finding two similar mark-making tools with accompanying drawings coming from totally different places. One was a number of grease pencils taped into a mass, allowed to roll around within a small box during transport. The other was a cylindrical ball hanging from a small chain with graphite points protruding within a wooden box, unfolded to reveal the marked sides. With more time, enforcement of the regulations might have strenghtened the exhibition. NOT BAD
Good luck Mr. Steffensen!
I'll tell you 'bout what I sees.