Los 4 Amigos – LaPena
I missed it. I went on the last day and the work was already down : (
Dia De Los Muertos – Mexic-Arte
No museum visits for me this month.
Black Sun-Green Flamingo – Blanton
Haven’t made it down. I trust I’ll make before, January?
Queen Takes All: A Song For Paula – St. Edwards Gallery
I didn’t make it here either. And I don’t live far at all! Arrr!
Droppin Drawers – Okay Mountain
Non-sequiturs. The drawings are well handled and diverse. They range from comic books, to cut paper, to markers, to fabric collages. It was exciting to see such a grab-bag of artists from elsewhere. This group exemplifies some of the comic influences and simplistic devices being used in drawings today. I’ve heard them called “naive drawings” and “shitty drawings”, but those labels do not match the breadth of work in this show. There are a couple artists flirting with the “poorly drawn because I want to look like I don’t know better”, fortunately they are balanced out by the finely rendered works of a larger group of artists. The comic book and illustration influences made me safely categorize the show as a group of non-sequiturs. GOOD
20MB – Mass
This group video show suffers as all group video shows suffer. Too many videos, not enough time. Something that was a plus was the local to foreign artist ratio. With the variety of artists, came a variety of work. I found it curious that the “transferable” files were cemented to analog devices. With faster computers and internet service, why not have the work available for download*? Like a YouTube-type service? ArtTube! I must say that I find video just a peg above photography. Its difficult for me. Although the body of work didn’t impress me, the ideas emerging from the show were engaging. NOT BAD
*The videos have been made availble for viewing on the Mass Gallery website.
Reconstruct – Slugfest
Serigraphy, lithography, color pencils and the difficulty of identifying them in this show. Since I have figured out how to recognize lithographs, I will venture to say that the silkscreens and the drawings are made to look like litho prints. I don’t know if that is really important though. The subject matter consisted of animals conducting what look like industrial operations and/or scientific experiments. The deeper I progressed into the gallery, the more work the animals undertook. In a sense, they were taking over from the rare human elements that were presented. Wonderful, cutely colored drawings and prints. GOOD
East Meats West – Art Palace
Heyd Fontenot’s soft watercolors and paintings directly contrasted Louie Cordero’s graphic and gory paintings. I inadvertently waked in on the artist talk where both mentioned their Catholic upbringing. But my Homie was nowhere to be found!? It wasn’t until I realized the title is East “Meats” West. Meat like carne – carnal like lust – lust for earthly desires. Sex and violence. But its more than that. The shared interest in the physical is just the hook to reel you in. The figures’ gaze call out for you to engage in active listening. The attractive of Mr. Fontenot’s work gently reveals the character of his caricatures. The tenderness perhaps points to the beauty in every individual? Mr. Cordero uses the grotesque. In an early-90s, MTV animation type of illustration (you know, like Ren & Stimpy, Beavis & Butthead and The Head) the apprehension is given form. Graffiti, corporate logos and comic illustration all pile up and repulse your senses. I enjoyed the connection between the artists, but it seemed strained at first. Mr. Cordero’s work felt old, if Generation X can be labeled old. Both artists made me think about being a teenager. The works were fine, but the show lacked a deeper sense of… I don’t know, purpose? I think it’s a little too early to reminisce about the 90s. NOT BAD
The Irresistable Appeal of Drawing – Studio 107
Nice little show about drawing inspired by a Kimmelman article in the NYTimes. The works were a nice mix of high contrast vs. value, dry media vs. wet, graphic vs. color. Balanced and unified, yet dynamic. But what really got my brain going was the curatorial perspective. I read the article and understood it as a lament to the breadth of knowledge that was expected of someone with an education. Art was an important component of education, not an elective. Not extra credit. Specialization nowadays does not allow for this well-rounded approach. Instead, professionals usually proclaim themselves as ignorant when it comes to the arts. Especially contemporary works. And thats the type of work on display. The orphaning of the arts from the educational system has created a void that grew as education became more available. Although not offensive or terribly complicated, the drawings felt like an antithesis to the drawing described in the article. GOOD
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.