DISCLAIMER: My senses are off this time of year. If I had to choose, I’d say I side with the Green Team of Christmas (Grinch, Scrooge, Mouse King) as opposed to the Red Team (Santa, Frosty, Rudolph). Take that as you will.
L.L.S.P. – Gallery 3
This show was tricky. I had a hard time trying to figure out whether the works were independently produced or if the painting and sculpture were directed by the narrative. The curator and one of the artists confirmed working independently yet communicating with the others. The works’ similar elements meshed so well that I wanted them to narrate the discordant accounts being projected on the wall. Yet, there was something about it that felt too “illustrative”. GOOD
Archer $ Beck – Gallery Lombardi
Here’s a couple of guys that made the transition into animation due to Waking Life. Perhaps it was that work or perhaps they already possessed this sensibility, but their works come off as illustrations. They are iconic communications much like t-shirt graphics. I was gonna say NOT BAD ’cause I didn’t really have anything against the work. But as the work didn’t challenge much, I have to lean towards BAD
Down In the River Bottoms: Broadnax Creatures – St Edwards Gallery
Oh ceramics! There is just something about them that I don’t respect. I’d have to say they are beneath photography as a medium that impresses me. The vessels exhibited had wonderful texture, due to the processes involved I’m sure. They also had animal heads at the top. Something fairytale-like in its simplicity. I just didn’t get excited. BAD
ERV – Arthouse
So basically the gallery was converted to a “generic food aisle at the supermarket” from back in the day. Videos line the walls a-la Blockbuster except all of the cases use the same “black text on white paper” covers. VHS only. Art videos only. You can rent them or watch in the gallery. Considering the accessibility of some of these works and thinking about it in terms of a commercial venture, its GOOD. As a conceptual or “artistic” endeavor, I’d say its NOT BAD. Visually and engaging its BAD
Weeds – DBerman
Technically superb. At least thats what I think about casting metals into fragile, plant sized objects. They were delicate and intricate, but my attention was more focused on the pieces sprouting from the acrylic (or is it plastic?) stems. Kinda like Meggie Chou’s work at the CRL. Sci-fi, hydroponic kinda stuff. NOT BAD
House Painting – Mass Gallery
The gallery was turned into a house. Each “room” used a different decorating identity. Furniture and fixtures alike were rendered on the canvas and walls. Because of that, I noticed everything as merely pattern and decoration. But then I entered into the two secret rooms. Maps in one room and “Home and Garden” in the other. So P&D yielded to boundaries and stylish feng shui. Yet I missed the blatant flattening of space. Regardless of what was pointed out to me, it was the idea of kitsch and these fragmented identities forming a whole that made me think of “home” throughout the exhibit. I’d say GOOD, but I’m still not convinced that I got it right. NOT BAD
However late, I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.