FOULADI - ELEANOR HARWOOD - QUEEN'S NAILS
RVCA - GRANT'S TOMB - WICKED GROUNDS
(with assistance from Marian Ferrara and RWM)
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Fouladi Projects: Shifted Perception - Marcus Payzant.
Review by RWM: One can get lost here in the subconscious which is abstracted on the canvas. Here the work has symbols; some may consider it surrealistic to an extent. Not quite beauty here. More of decay as a natural process. Easy to get pulled into the narrative story.
Art by Marcus Payzant at Fouladi Projects.
Art by Marcus Payzant (plus veteran freeloader swilling hooch).
Marcus Payzant and his art at Fouladi Projects.
Art by Marcus Payzant.
Marcus Payzant art at Fouladi Projects.
Circumstance - Marcus Payzant at show at Fouladi Projects.
Eleanor Harwood Gallery: Mel Davis - Begin Here.
Review by RWM: Nice mixture of floral and elements remind of a playful Matisse. Fun being had here, but it is not all fun. The color choices do seem disconcerting, but involving nonetheless. They help get your defenses down for a mild artistic experience.
Comment by AB: Sometimes I ask myself, "Self, if an artist can paint in a certain style that's emblematic as well as demonstrative of proficiency in that style, but not in any other styles to any significant degree, like representationally for example, can we still call the artist an accomplished painter?" Many of the best known Impressionist and Modernist artists were superb representational painters. They mastered the compulsory... and then proceeded to advance the evolution of art into realms it had never ever been to before. And we have all the more respect for those artists because of the breadth of their skills. Meanwhile back at the show, Mel Davis certainly manifests an admirable amount of aptitude with respect to the realm she's chosen to ensconce herself in.
Art by Mel Davis at Eleanor Harwood Gallery.
Art by Mel Davis closer.
Mel Davis and her art at Eleanor Harwood Gallery.
Art by Mel Davis.
Mel Davis art at Eleanor Harwood Gallery.
Art by Mel Davis closer.
Statistical sample - Mel Davis art show at Eleanor Harwood Gallery.
Queen's Nails: The Modern Monster. Curated by Jeanne Gerrity.
Artists: Michelle Blade, Anthony Discenza, Valerie Hegarty, Jillian McDonald, George Pfau.
Comment by AB: The artists employ dramatic devices of horror films and apply them to the current state of The American Dream (and to the human condition in general). The outcomes seem a little cataclysmic at times, but aesthetically gratifying all the way there. Stop on by.
Art by Michelle Blade at Queen's Nails.
Detail of Michelle Blade in above image (nicely constructed).
George Washington Melted by Valerie Hegarty at Queen's Nails (best of show).
Detail of Valerie Hegarty George Washington art above.
Video art by Jillian McDonald (kinda like it) at Queen's Nails.
Text art by Anthony Discenza.
Anthony Discenza art in above image closer Queen's Nails.
Zombie movie scene paintings by George Pfau at Queen's Nails (sorta like 'em).
Art by George Pfau in above image closer (looks a bit like a Childe Hassam).
Photographic blow-ups of George Pfau paintings at Queen's Nails.
Relative density - group art show at Queen's Nails.
RVCA: What New Mystery Is This - Ryan De La Hoz; Window Artists - Ben Venom, Bill McRight.
Comment by AB: In the gallery at the rear of the store, Ryan De La Hoz takes us on a twisty trip through history with his digitally manipulated imagery. Yes, digital art is well established as a medium in its own right, and De La Hoz demonstrates why. The good news? Prices are reasonable; go buy. In the front show window, Ben Venom stitches up a little anarchy in quilts, pillows and fashion, while Bill McRight provides the weaponry with which to attain it. Worth a visit on all counts.
Art by Ryan De La Hoz at RVCA.
Ryan De La Hoz art.
Art by Ryan De La Hoz in above image closer at RVCA.
Ryan De La Hoz and his art at RVCA.
Art by Ryan De La Hoz.
Ryan De La Hoz art at RVCA.
Demographics - Ryan De La Hoz art show at RVCA.
Art by Ben Venom (wall hangings) & Bill McRight (tools) at RVCA.
Bill McRight & Ben Venom out front at their RVCA art show.
Weapons by Bill McRight - pillows by Ben Venom.
Fashion by Ben Venom - bludgeons by Bill McRight at RVCA.
Grant's Tomb: First Impressions - Prints by Gee Vaucher.
Images c/o Marian Ferrara:
Art by Gee Vaucher at Grant's Tomb.
Art by Gee Vaucher.
Gee Vaucher inscribes her book at Grant's Tomb.
Art by Gee Vaucher.
Art by Nancy Peach at Wicked Grounds.
Nancy Peach art at Wicked Grounds.