What If – Pump Project
I snuck in during Thursday afternoon gallery hours and had the whole space to myself. The works were either muddy watercolors or (what looked like ballpoint) pen drawings. Everything looked like the first step of a project. The watercolors looked like underpaintings and the wall drawings had no variation on the line weights. The paintings appeared to be too many mistakes piling on top of each other and the drawings were free-form using only a pen. One piece did catch my eye. I believe it was white acrylic on black chalkboard paint? It looked like an alphabet chart using asian pictograms, yet they were probably just a bunch of scribbles. But as I’ve said before, one piece can not hold up a whole show. BAD
Kenneth Hale – Slugfest
WOW! Prints made from collages? that look like landscape paintings. WOW! GREAT
Faculty Salon Show – CRL
This group show was well done. The work was strong and the installation was nicely handled. It would be nice to see some of these artists exhibited locally in a solo or duet. NOT BAD
Videoperformance – Okay Mountain
The four artists present videos in which the performers point out laughable characters. Jill Pangallo personifies characters that believe they are skilled performers, but the truth of their abilities just makes you well up with laughter. Laurel Nakadate situates herself in sizzling scenarios where she manipulates her participants into pitiful, sensually construed comedy. Erick Michaud’s videos present himself as the average Joe in a series of fumbling slapstick situations. Kalup Linzy’s work has two topless black guys lipsynching to a song about licking some lollipop. I give it two snaps in a circle! The real lollipop is revealed at the end. GOOD
Simplon Pass – Art Palace
Wonderful mapping of space. Architecture meeting geography meeting atomic energy. Somehow felt like the west. GREAT
Who Are You Looking At? – testsite
Got a little confused with all of the work on the walls, but then figured it was necessary to activate the video. The project was simple compared to other recent works. Writing was on the slim side, but so was the video. It was entertaining, but the engagement was not long-lasting. NOT BAD
The start of the art season was energizing! Lots of good stuff out there.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.