April 16, 2009
ART REVIEW: “THEMATIC ADVENTURES”, BY ROBERT PINCUS, THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, APRIL 16, 2009
“Language, in Sherry’s art, is often reduced to nonsense, in a way that Lewis Carroll probably would have enjoyed. And like Carroll’s wonderland, his universe is a place where rational thought has little use.”
sherry-whether-celebrity-can-detail-lo-resThere is something both poignant and pathetic about faded celebrity. more
Few will be able to identify the main figure in this image, though 30 years ago many more people would have. This fellow with the blond shag hair is Leif Garrett, then a sort of fresh-faced pop singer and actor. He’s done a lot of acting since then, but has also had legal troubles stemming from drug arrests.
Sherry sets him among a crowd of small faces, taken from celebrity magazines, which form a kind of landscape behind him. In the adjoining image is a similar land mass, this one seemingly extraterrestrial and partially filled with letters.
Language, in Sherry’s art, is often reduced to nonsense, in a way that Lewis Carroll probably would have enjoyed. And like Carroll’s Wonderland, his universe is a place where rational thought has little use.
Sherry is also a connoisseur of pulp pictures. The piece that gives this exhibition its title is dense with pages and covers from old tabloid and porn magazines, sliced up to fit the shape of “The Packrat Dirge (Or the Theme from Human Interest Story).”
The packrat is a friend of the artist. He was getting divorced and wanted to jettison a pile of publications. So Sherry took them and made them into a new shell for an old pump organ mechanism. The imagery even covers the keys. And, wonder of wonders, the organ still plays. So the artist’s reference to a dirge can be taken literally, though you’re free to play happier tunes on it.
The use of music isn’t isolated to “The Packrat Dirge,” either. Sherry, who once played bass in rock bands, clearly has interest in making objects with sound. He’s turned a BMX bike into a turntable for “Time Space Trials.” Pedaling it plays vinyl records in a herky-jerky style. It doesn’t look like much, but you have to praise his low-tech ingenuity. He seems to view his device as revenge on bad music, since it plays albums badly: He christened it himself by playing one by Iron Maiden.
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Mark Mulroney had a really fine solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego five years ago. His mural scale project, among the current offerings at The New Children’s Museum downtown, is an intriguing swirl of imagery alluding to fairy tales and puppets.
“Nude Drum Solo,” his show at Seminal Projects, consists of more slight work, paintings with a lot of open space interrupted by a figure or two and sometimes a telling prop.
“Paradise” doesn’t look so paradisical. There’s a lone palm tree and a guy on all fours. In “You Look at Me. I Look at You,” a male with bulging torso cut off at the chest gazes at a nude woman with no neck and head. It’s a droll take on desire.
There are traces of the style and wit that give Mulroney’s art its life among the seven exhibited paintings. But they fall short of expectations he’s created for his work.
April 15, 2009
BRIAN DICK’S MUSEUM MASCOT PROJECT TAKES LACMA. NO RUFFLED FEATHERS REPORTED.
Brian Dick’s ongoing interventionist performance, “The Nationwide Museum Mascot Project”, surfaced over the Easter weekend (April 11-12) at LACMA. Museum officials tried to dissuade him (this time, a yellow-breasted blue bird with a large baseball rear-end) from carrying out the peaceful demonstration but, once again, his citizen’s right of access to public property prevailed. Good thing. We [Heart] LACMA. http://www.lacma.org/
April 05, 2009
CHAUNEY PECK IN ‘FORCES AND FORMATIONS’ @ SOIL / SEATTLE
Forces and Formations: Kevin Bernstein, Jonathan Bucci, Claire Johnson, Chauney Peck, Elise Richman
April 1 – May 2, 2009.
Forces and Formations is an exhibit about the relationship between personal processes and natural phenomena. The participating artists’ work explores underlying forces, elemental structures, and/or landscapes to create perceptual sensations that are viscerally felt. more
Kevin Bernstein’s painting process provides an analogue for natural processes of growth, decay, and states of flux. Intimate forms accrue in Bernstein’s paintings, creating compositions that are richly textural and evoke landforms and amoebas.
Jonathan Bucci’s process involves direct interaction with mixed media in a process that animates his abstractions of glaciers, tornadoes, waves, and plants with an emotional complexity that expresses pathos, humor, and angst.
Claire Johnson’s square, representational oil paintings of aerial topographies convey a sense of wonder for her subject matter, as well as pigment and paint. Her work delivers on two fronts, creating vertiginous spatial illusions and luscious layers of colored marks.
Chauney Peck throw rocks like dice, thereby using chance to create her compositions of rocks on brown craft paper. Her intimate, intuitive watercolor paintings transform the planar structure of rocks into patterned marks that are as elemental as the forms depicted. Check out more at: http://soilart.org/currentshow/index.htm
April 05, 2009
JASON SHERRY & NEIL KENDRICKS: ‘IN CONVERSATION’, APRIL 18, 2 P.M. @ SEMINAL PROJECTS
In conjunction with the exhibition, “Time Space Trials and the Packrat Dirge (Or the Theme from Human Interest Story)”, the gallery will host an informal talk between Jason Sherry and Neil Kendricks, “In Conversation”, on Saturday, April 18, starting at 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Neil Kendricks is Film Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD). more
April 01, 2009
NATHAN GLUCK & DANIEL TIERNEY
“SYNTHESIS: CONTEMPORARY COLLAGE”, FEATURING NATHAN GLUCK & DANIEL TIERNEY OPENS APRIL 3rd IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
The exhibition “Synthesis: Contemporary Collage” (organized by Hemphill Fine Arts) will be presented at their annex, Carroll Square Gallery, 975 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. An artists reception is scheduled for Friday, April 3rd, from 6-8 pm. The show, which runs through June 12th, features two artists represented by or working with Seminal Projects: Nathan Gluck and Daniel Tierney. Other artists included are D. more
March 27, 2009
JASON SHERRY & MARK MULRONEY SOLOS OPEN SAT, MARCH 28, 6-9 PM
You are cordially invited to attend the opening of JASON SHERRY: Time Space Trials and the Packrat Dirge (Or the Theme from Human Interest Story) in Gallery One; and MARK MULRONEY: Nude Drum Solo, in Gallery Two, Saturday, March 28, from 6 to 9 p.m.
March 21, 2009
“THE IMAGE COLLECTOR”, SAN DIEGO CITYBEAT FEATURE ON PERRY VASQUEZ
From collages to documentary film, no art medium is off limits to Perry Vasquez.
By Katherine Sweetman
Remember when “cut and paste” involved scissors and glue? Local artist Perry Vasquez extends the genre of collage toward something akin to school-room activity. Vasquez often sits in a large empty classroom at Southwestern College surrounded by stacks of thick reference books, hundreds of loose photocopied pages and tiny, intricate, black-and-white, cut-up pieces of paper. more
March 17, 2009
ARTSCENE RECOMMENDATION/MARCH 2009: DANIEL RUANOVA’S “DEFEND:SECURITY”
Daniel Ruanova’s giant (ten feet tall and thirty feet long) metal sculpture more than fills the space available. Its projections, constructed from metal studs, ram into the wall, scraping away it’s smooth surface. Is it an oversized toy? A space vehicle? A weapon?
It is the accompanying large painting, with “Security” embedded in the pattern of metal-like ribbons, that directs the viewer’s reading of the sculpture. The embedded pentagonal shapes are intentionally symbolic, not just structural. more
March 17, 2009
THE POSTCARD SHOW @ SUSHI, OPENS SAT MARCH 21
The POSTCARD Show, curated by Seminal Projects artist Brian Dick, opens Saturday, March 21, from 7-10 pm at SUSHIâ€™s new downtown space. In The POSTCARD Show, fourteen artists make work in the context of cheap, disposable, anachronistic postcards. Participating artists include Eleanor Antin, BULBO, Kelly Coyne, Randall Christopher, Nina Katchadourian, Wendell Kling, Erik Knudsen, Jean Lowe, Hugo Lugo, Kim MacConnell, Irma Sofia Poeter, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, and Allison Wiese.
Postcards are purveyors of visual information. more
SUSHI A Center for the Urban Arts
390 11th Avenue @ J Street
DATE/TIME: Saturday, March 21, from 7 to 10 p.m.
Telephone: 619.235.8466 www.sushiart.org
March 12, 2009
MARCH 12: PREMIERE OF PERRY VASQUEZâ€™S â€śFOTOAKTION!â€ť @ 2009 SAN DIEGO LATINO FILM FESTIVAL
Fotoaktion is the term Berman used to describe the interactive events she first staged as an art student at San Francisco City College in 1981.
TIME: Thursday, March 12 @ 6:30 pm
LOCATION: UltraStar Cinemas Hazard Center, 7510 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego
Perry Vasquezâ€™s debut solo exhibition opens at Seminal Projects on May 7th.