GALLERY 16 - ALTER SPACE
BACK TO THE PICTURE - SOMARTS
03.08.13 Part I
(with assistance from RWM)
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Gallery 16: Graham Gillmore - Submersions.
Review by RWM: Fun and playful even if it is not clear that the art has bite. Nice use of color, freeform, spontaneity and expression.
Comment by AB: If you're partial to art with an attitude that actually talks back, then this would be the show for you. The oversized high gloss acrylics with recessed lettering are particularly appealing.
Art by Graham Gillmore at Gallery 16.
Art by Graham Gillmore.
Graham Gillmore and his art at Gallery 16.
Smaller works on paper by Graham Gillmore.
Graham Gillmore art at Gallery 16.
Text based art by Graham Gillmore at Gallery 16.
Alter Space: Some of Its Parts.
Artists: Aaron Hodges, Grady Gordon, Yee Jan Bao.
Review by RWM: Great show which transports one back in history. Fun to the see the crusaders and missionaries on their journeys, painted by Aaron Hodges. Nice to visit the rooms of others. The blue room is an optical illusion still on display. The soldiers evoke another time and the cause.
Comment by AB: Also on display are dark cryptic ink drawings and sculpture by Grady Gordon, and deadpan portraits by Yee Jan Bao. How does it all connect up? Gordon and Hodges studied under Yee Jan Bao while they were students at CCA.
Art by Aaron Hodges at Alter Space.
Aaron Hodges art.
Art by Aaron Hodges in above image closer at Alter Space.
Art by Yee Jan Bao.
Yee Jan Bao art at Alter Space.
Gruesome art by Grady Gordon at Alter Space.
Works on paper by Grady Gordon.
Art by Grady Gordon closer at Alter Space.
Long view - Grady Gordon, Yee Jan Bao & Aaron Hodges art show at Alter Space.
Back to the Picture/SOMA: Harmonices Mondi - United Ties That Bind Us.
Artists: Tim Burns, Marc Dixon, Doug Lawler, Danny Mendoza, Elliott Nathan, Creta Pullen.
Comment by AB: Meandering group show at Back to the Picture's recently opened SOMA location offers something for everyone.
Art by Elliott Nathan at Back to the Picture/SOMA.
Iconographic art by Marc Dixon.
Doug Lawler art at Back to the Picture/SOMA.
Art by Tim Burns.
Attendance figures - group art show at Back to the Picture/SOMA.
SOMArts Gallery: Overturn the Artifice. Curated by Jack Leamy.
Artists: Alexandra Chowaniec, Kristen Van Diggelen, Michelle Foyer, Jack Leamy, Jeremy Morgan, Jefferson Pinder, Friendship House - Association of American Indians Inc. Youth Program members. Opening night performances by Bert Bergen, Ryan Noble, Krizstina Lazar.
Comment by AB: According to the synopsis, the common thread in the various works involves "a shared vision in community healing and catharsis through art as well as an intensely personal and often spiritually-inspired vision." That can mean just about anything, so rather than ponder the totality, I'll opt to assess and appreciate the various works each on their own merits. While there, Ryan Noble performs. Clad exclusively in undies, he slowly and silently emerges from a wood frame structure, anoints himself with powdery black and white substances, and then proceeds to engage in a heroic struggle with a weighty oversized bust. I practically birth a hernia just watching him.
Porcelain art by Kristen Van Diggelen at SOMArts Gallery (nicely done).
Art by Jeremy Morgan (left) - Jack Leamy (right).
Art by Kristen Van Diggelen (left) - Jack Leamy (right) at SOMArts Gallery.
Alexandra Chowaniec art.
Performance art by Ryan Noble at SOMArts Gallery.
Ryan Noble emerges and annoints.
Ryan Noble struggles with a large and heavy bust at SOMArts Gallery.
Video art by Jefferson Pinder.
Art by Jack Leamy at SOMArts Gallery.
Art by Friendship House, Association of American Indians, Inc. Youth Program members.
Art by Jack Leamy at SOMArts Gallery.
Michelle Foyer art.
Crochet installation art at "Overturn the Artifice," SOMArts Gallery.
Installation art at "Overturn the Artifice," SOMArts Gallery.
Art by Jack Leamy.
Kristen Van Diggelen art at SOMArts Gallery.
Statistical sample - "Overturn the Artifice" group art show at SOMArts Gallery.