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.
hush, hush – Arthouse
Cognition – Shady Tree Studios
Guera 11 Algo Dorado – Bolm Studios
Mi Raza de Bronce – La Pena
Somehow I missed this.
What was wrong with me at the top of this month?
Sergio Rodriguez – DAC
The works hung well in the gallery. Each piece had enough breathing space, yet did not feel isolated or disconnected. Very professional feel to it. Most of the colors look like they’re straight outta the tube. The brush marks are generic, not exciting. They were too uniform in width and length that created very random and dead ab-ex paintings. Only one, “The Fool”, appeared controlled and meaningful. But I’ve said it before, one painting does not make a good show. BAD
Xmas Expo – Gallery Lombardi
What a perfect way to end the money splurge that are the holidays. The works looked like a crazy fun melee of art and not the holiday “hope we break even” group show that plagues galleries this time of year. There were beautiful works and affordably priced works all hung in a super-duper, floor to ceiling, add two extra walls, salon- style presentation. GOOD
Certain Creatures – Lora Reynolds
Eggs, dinosaurs and helix-like shapes created a biological type of investigation. Alot of the work felt like Kiki Smith. The combination of physical duress (working on wood, layering, reworking, graffiti-type of markmaking) and the iconography (eggs, reptiles, wolf at waterbanks, “maternal” text) give the works a concern about human biology. Its limits, expectations, mortality. Yet, I wasn’t fully convinced. Where Kiki Smith’s works, even her prints, wholly represent their materiality, Ms. Breneman’s do not. All of the action is taking place on the surface of the paintings. The scratching, reworking, layering, all give it a serigraphic, poster look. But when you look at the sides, you see clean wooden frames. That disconnect makes it feel like armchair politics. Not enough spillover for me. ??? NOT BAD
At Play – CRL
Big-oh crazy art mess. Fun show. NOT BAD
Young Artists @ Arthouse – Arthouse
Very promising work from local high schoolers. GOOD