Ghost Survivor of Final Plague – Art Palace
Somehow I was offended by the “Goatherder (goat whores?)” drawings. I sensed a different vibe than the rest of the show, like they were really, really pornographic? The paintings and the drawings felt epically familiar. I kept thinking of Art Palace artists Jonathan Marshall’s drawings crossed with Ali Fitzgerald’s drawings. This show focused my attention on the post-apocalyptic fantasy. Although the drawings are nice to look at, the use of this type of narrative is starting to wear thin on me. If it weren’t for the those small drawings it would have been GOOD, but they felt “wrong” for some reason. NOT BAD
Rising Stars 3 – Studio 107
I was disappointed by the conservative strategies of this round of artists. Although exquisitely rendered, the level of realism of Alonso Rey couldn’t be ignored. The lack of background made them feel like super refined high school, Metal head drawings. The other artists both tried to be abstract and kinda forced a “street art” character on themselves. The vinyl of the Adreon Henry paintings made it feel very superficial. The photographs get a nod for impersonating paintings and I was attracted to them the most. But as found objects, I don’t know if it’s enough to make me want to come back for more. I’d need to see what territory they get pushed into. NOT BAD
Telephone – Gallery 3
The show wasn’t so much “Telephone” as it was more like “Breakout Sessions”. Four times the artists were asked to start a “discussion”, each time by a different participant. In effect, the gallery doesn’t necessarily point out the beginning or the end. Some of the works could have been tweaked technically, but other than that it was an enjoyable show. It was light and fun. GOOD
Vessels and Inspirations – Mexic-Arte
Great, more Modernist art. (rolling my eyes)
But this is a retrospective of Ishmael Soto. And as I was walking through the museum, the work began to describe itself as authentic. By the end of the second half, the teapots and vessels convinced me that their stripped down, yet powerful forms were no mere, second rate, re-hash. This was Modernist art. GOOD
Bill Wiman – Davis Gallery
I heard this guy was badass with watercolors. Not sure the works were watercolors, but they created this weird atmospheric space. It was like looking deep into microbiology, like activity in the bloodstream, or staring far out into the farthest reaches of the universe. The techniques used to create this body of work are not common, at least not nowadays. It was like 35 year old graphic design. Was it BAD or since I was somewhat engaged does it make it NOT BAD?
Dark Matter – Okay Mountain
The show was surprising and comfortable at the same time. It was good to see the antithesis? of Murakami. I know his colorful work is popular, but along with video games, Pokemon and Power Rangers they don’t take me to Japan. Instead its the spiritual/scientific core of metallic ore that takes me there. Katanas, Samurai armor and Bushido, Akira, Rashomon and a little bit of SpectreMan. Acknowledging the intense pressures of education and the pursuit of honor and it is easy to be complacent with the “darkness” presented in the show. GREAT
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.