Spirits, Machines & Simulacra – La Pena
I tried to go see this show. I didn’t make it, though.
Conexus – Artillery Gallery
I should’ve tried harder to go to this one, because I haven’t been yet.
Making It Together – CRL
Installations take the spotlight, I like installations. Some collaboraters don’t look like the real thing and some forms of collaborations aren’t mentioned. NOT BAD
Ruthy Anis: Ima – Gallery Lombardi
I feel like a soulless asshole reviewing this. The show looked like a private viewing. This self taught artist was learning from the pros as her copies and studies of masterworks were nice. But the level of craft was rank: beginner. BAD
Dogs Among Men – Gallery Lombardi
I totally missed this show.
Back To The Garden – Scanlan Gallery
I missed the opening ’cause its faaaar and I’m afraid to just show up and walk around their campus like some creepy serial killer. Maybe I can convince myself to go before it comes down.
The Long Drive South – Volitant
Was not feeling this work. It looked like a “Bad Art” show. Lance de los Reyes and Andreis Costa had some poorly crafted Bad Art drawings of mythological narratives and iconic images respectively. Josua Blank had large scale photos, but nothing called out. Brian Belott had some collages that were almost there. They hadn’t crossed the line from elementary school/ Outsider art to art, just yet. Ginna Triplett offered something of a saving grace. Her drawings consisted of cartoon and doll parts all jumbled up under pink washes. I would have liked to see those by themselves. Mr. de los Reyes works better in smaller dimensions as evidenced by the couple of drawings in the smaller gallery. The slide show and found objects installation seemed ill-considered. It looked like trash. BAD
duck, duck, GOOSE – Volitant
This is how Street Art makes a graceful transition of venues. It’s in a white box, but it lives like it was outside. The work is cartoony and graffiti-like. Some pieces are made of refuse, but they look comfortable hanging on the gallery walls. The narratives weave from the artist’s private life to the public domain. Nothing new is being done, but it is done well. GOOD
Mary Lee Bendolph, Gee’s Bend Quilts, and Beyond – AMOA
I’m all for widening the lens of history, but I found this exhibit underwhelming. Revering Outsider/ Folk/ Self-taught art as primitive genius always makes me cringe. They could have at least washed out the pee-stains (I kid, they were plain ole water stains). Perhaps it was the presentation that was lacking. Presenting these practical, utilitarian objects in such a rigid manner made it look like a scene from CSI. Even though the life was present in the evidence of use, there was no life in them. They were drab. I did like the comparison of sculpture and paintings and the patterns themselves, though. (disclaimer: I didn’t watch the video.) BAD
Soul Journers – AMOA
The paintings are folky, highly detailed, brightly colored and feel-good images of people. Paint is applied in patterns and making textures. The imagemaking is quality, but looks like craft, so it didn’t hold my attention. BAD
Weighing…And Wanting – AMOA
Why is this being exhibited with the family-friendly “Soul Journers” and “Quilts”? Maybe it has to do with some “Of the People” theme. The drawings were simple charcoal drawings, nothing too fancy. They supplied the frames for the animation of the video being presented. I didn’t get to watch the whole thing and I’ve heard the video is what makes Kentridge great. I’ll have to go back again.
I could tell the museum was reaching out to the general public. The works looked nice, but they felt watered down to me. meh. You win some, you lose some.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.