Friday, June 20, 2008

Kimberly Witham selects...

Chad States, Bill, 2007

Kate Pollard, Untitled from This Woman's Movement, 2007

These artists turn their cameras outward and inward to define and question traditional gender roles. Chad States' work explores masculinity, revealing a broad and disparate array of interpretations. Kate Pollard's work expresses the tension between traditional notions of femininity and contemporary feminist ideals. - Kimberly Witham

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Dan Schank selects...

Rubens Ghenov, By the Rivers of Babylon, 2007, charcoal, graphite, sumi ink and xerox transfer on paper

Lawrence Wells, Victory, 2007, acrylic

In both of these images, personal and historical narratives collide. Lawrence Wells' Victory stresses the historical. Through dynamic contrasts and an ashen palette, I sense my own distance from the motion of modernist Europe. There's a nostalgia to Wells' brushwork, and it's mirrored in the monument depicted. It feels as if I've found it in a photo album. The central figure suggests an eroding, Utopian confidence. As melancholy and wonder overlap, I'm reminded of the ideological phantoms that undoubtedly inhabit my world.

In Rubens Ghenov's By the Rivers of Babylon, there is greater emphasis on gravity. His strange landscape of objects is solid and heavy, but his touch is ephemeral. My eyes become nomadic; they pass through the image. As Ghenov gathers artifacts from the cultures that define him (Brazilian, American), I sense him passing through this landscape as well. His approach is more metaphysical than Wells' (maybe?), but it finds its expression in things. A drum-set, a bird, a soccer ball-- as these objects merge, a portrait arises. In a sense it's a scavenger's image. But it's one with the grace of a monument. - Dan Schank

Megan Sullivan selects...

Scott Jackson, New Orleans, LA, 2005

Tiffany Matula, Venetian Hurricane Katrine Scene, 2007

I picked these two pieces by these artists because of the similar theme of New Orleans, but I like them for very different reasons. I think Tiffany's piece on Hurricane Katrina is very smart and I love to see it next to Scott's beautiful photograph of an abandoned strip mall in New Orleans. - Megan Sullivan

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

JJ Pakola selects...

Kit Rosenberg, Anchor, 2008, umbrella frame, emergency blanket, industrial fan, wood and monofilament

Vera Kachouh, Untitled #3, 2008, video projection, bench

The explorations of natural phenomena and ephemera by Kit Rosenberg's "Anchor" and Vera Kachouh's "Untitled #3" summon memories of the observer's individual memory, and question their connection to a collective conscience. Kachouh's video installation brings to mind the questions of "What am I watching?" or more specifically "Is it snow, falling ash, or actually nothing but a computer animation of shapes in motion?" and Rosenberg's "Anchor" can remind one of a trivial occurrence such as trying to use an umbrella on a windy day. While the immediacy of these thoughts can be important as an entry into the work, with a little more time viewing they seem insignificant. After leaving the realm of nostalgia, these pieces remind me of the importance of the experience of looking at or into art and become the sensuous embodiment of something more profound that is at once silly, elegant, and poetic. - JJ Pakola

Monday, May 12, 2008

Carl Baratta selects...

JJ Pakola, Is it hot in here or am I just sweating? (Overconfidence), 2008, gouache and watercolor on paper

Dan Schank, Heads Up, 2008, watercolor, gouache, conte crayon, cut paper collage on board

Both JJ Pakola and Dan Schank use personal and art historical moments as tools for divining the future: a future heaped with twisting chaos and magical turmoil. Using a mix of humor and sincere concern for humankind, these artists set their worlds spinning and reeling before us. If you stare through their elemental swarms, you glimpse something no one thought could happen. It's cold outside. Their fires offer no warmth, none at all. They burn. - Carl Baratta.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Isak Applin selects...

Carl Baratta, The Faithful Protector (After Nick Englebert), 2008, egg tempera on board

Jeremy Somer, Bacchanale Scene III, animation

I cannot think of any other artists whose work is so intensely curious, fantastic and free of reservation. While fantasy is often employed by artists to represent an exotic, otherworldly universe, Carl Baratta and Jeremy Somer's work manages to retain a tenuous, vital, even mythic link with our own experiences and world. Logically, such a cacophony of monstrosities, Venutian foliage, electric reptiles and Pleistocene insects should be content to reside in a habitat far from the concerns of 21st century. However, in the hands of Somer and Baratta the creatures and environments are somehow analogies, allegories or even explanations for what resides beneath mundane existence. - Isak Applin

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Kim Hoeckele selects...

Beth Moon, Untitled, 2005, acrylic on fabric

Kimberly Witham, Luxe, 2007, digital collage

Both artists explore the relationship between animals and humans in their current work. They approach this complex subject with sensitivity, but it is their senses of humor that challenge the viewer to address human-animal interactions with seriousness. - Kim Hoeckele

Monday, April 28, 2008

Vivienne Griffin selects...

Stephanie Hough, Action Movie

Cian McConn, Awesome, 2008, poster and diamantes

Cian McConn and Sticky both have independent practices and have collaborated over the past six years. They use humor and absurdity in performance, video, photography and drawing. For their collaboration as Margaret and Jim, a dysfunctional married couple, they have built sets and have gone on numerous trips around Europe in character for their 24 hour tourist photo series. For the works above Sticky has put herself in the typical roll of an action movie star "attempting to revert popular cultural symbols…gender bending or switching the role of the protagonist in a genre which has generally depicted very machismo characteristics". Cian found this poster in a gun store in New York, the scene depicts a real life scenario and he has glued on diamantes to spell out the text AWESOME. - Vivienne Griffin

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Jenny Kendler selects...

Isak Applin, Archipelago Dawn, 2006, oil on canvas

Lee Lee Chan, Untitled, 2008, enamel and acrylic on aluminium

Both artists paint landscapes which hint at interior or fantasy spaces. Chan appropriates images from contemporary advertising which she deftly collages into her dreamspaces, while Applin draws on past experience to depict languid summer-worlds of harmony and possibility. Both artists may be noted for their unusual and skillful use of color, which serves to draw the viewer into an intimate and sensual experience with their work. - Jenny Kendler

Monday, April 14, 2008

Summer McCorkle selects...

Paul Clipson, I-94, 2007, DVD, paper

Liza McConnell, Drawing Projector: Colorado Front Range, 2003, vellum, fluorescent blubs, clip lights, extension cords, spring clamps, magnifying lenses

Both of these artists use elements of the projected image and raw materials to create illusions that challenge the viewer's perceptual space. - Summer McCorkle

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Amy Finkbeiner selects...

Jen Nelson, Forced Landscape (7), 2007, photo collage

Johanna Bystrom Sims, Farmland, 2005, ink on paper

Working in entirely different mediums, Johanna Bystrom Sims and Jen Nelson each transform experienced movement through real landscapes into intuitive organic worlds. - Amy Finkbeiner

Monday, April 7, 2008

Joy Drury Cox selects...

Kim Hoeckele, Big Star, 2003

Ronnie Wright, Brown Mountain Elementary School, Surry County, North Carolina from The Former Colored Only Schools of North Carolina F.C.O.S.N.C (2006-present)

"Both Kim Hoeckele and Ronnie Wright photograph the South as it continues to develop beyond and away from its agrarian roots. Their images point to a forgotten and overlooked history that sometimes manifests itself in the architecture of rural and suburban areas." -Joy Drury Cox

Thursday, March 20, 2008

David Colagiovanni selects...

Lydia Moyer, jonestown (work in progress), video

Owen Smith, Photo=Performance No.2, Every Mac Donald's, 2006

Both artists position themselves in the landscape in search of personal and cultural memory; Lydia with our society's desire to forget tragedy as landscapes are left to grow wildly over infamous sites of tragedy and Owen through a futile performance to catalogue our culture of sameness and uniformity. - David Colagiovanni

Friday, March 14, 2008

Amy Talluto selects...

Amy Finkbeiner, Sexy Jesus, 2005, pencil on paper

Summer McCorkle, Perpetual Adoration Series: No. 21, 1:05am, 2006, C print

Catholic nuns entering a convent consider themselves to be the literal brides of Christ.  During life, most dedicate themselves to prayer, contemplation and charitable service, and then upon death, they believe they unite finally with Jesus as a wife would her husband.  Amy Finkbeiner and Summer McCorkle both explore facets of this belief in their works. - Amy Talluto

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Christopher Reiger selects...

Amy Talluto, Thicket, 2007, oil on canvas

Josh Keyes, Creeping Hours #2, 2008, acrylic on panel

Josh Keyes and Amy Talluto use very different lenses, but explore the same territory. Keyes' pictures are emblems of our contemporary displacement, with particular regard to our evolving comprehension (or lack thereof) of the "natural" world. Talluto's sensitive drawings and paintings might be considered records of her "deep looking," and serve to animate the connection between self and landscape (and the melting of that distinction.) – Christopher Reiger

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Jenny Laden selects...

Elbow-Toe, I Cannot Recognize You As Any Other Age, portion of 20+ foot tall woman

Jonathan Burstein, Black T #1, collage, pencil on paper

Both artists are intensely involved in the arduous process of building their work from very small pieces, creating larger than life sized figurative works which transform the original photographic images, the materials used and the space they finally occupy. - Jenny Laden

Monday, March 10, 2008

Austin Willis selects...

Joy Drury Cox, State of Georgia Certificate of Live Birth, Filed Nov. 21, 1978, 2007

Vivienne Griffin, House on Stilts 043, 2007

Both drawings share the same delicate but caustic formal touch and address a similar kind of systemic social architecture with a sense of honest humor. - Austin Willis

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Molly Schafer selects...

Christopher Reiger, a cruel and beautiful faraway place, 2007, watercolor, gouache, sumi ink and marker on Arches paper

Jenny Kendler, Relic from Wunderkammer, 2007, found deer skull, hand-sculpted polymer clay, micro-beads, iridescent ink, acrylics and glue under bell jar

Both Kendler and Reiger are curious about humankind's place in (or out) of nature; their works evoking a lush & verdurous sense of hope. - Molly Schafer

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Hekla Dogg Jonsdottir selects...

Asdis Sif Gunnarsdottir, The Performance Call Girl, 2007

Monika Frycova, Za Usima Cokoladu, 2007

Both artists do performances where they succeed to make the moment magical and illusive. - Hekla Dogg Jonsdottir

Monday, March 3, 2008

Tory Wright selects...

Molly Schafer, Olympiad, 2006, swimsuit liner, fur, ferrules, plastic grapes & foliage, trail marking tape, thread

Megan Sullivan, Building - New Orleans, 2005, cotton and polyester

Both artists engage with craft as a strategy for creating two very different narratives. - Tory Wright

Friday, February 22, 2008

Jerstin Crosby selects...

David Colagiovanni, Highlighter Star Drawings, 2007, DVD

Josh Rickards, Guru, 2007

I chose these works because they approach the psychedelic condition similarly through different media. - Jerstin Crosby

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Bill Thelen selects...

Jerstin Crosby, Rabbit Clone Rescue, 2007, graphite on paper

Tory Wright, 2007

Both artists begin with appropriated images that lead to two very disparate outcomes. - Bill Thelen.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Laura Sharp Wilson selects...

Jenny Laden, Shiver, 2007, pencil on paper

Bill Thelen, Biscuit King

While both images are quite different stylistically and in medium they both appeal to a childhood nostalgia, for all things miniature and the drop dead fabulousness of early film stars. - Laura Sharp Wilson

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Fernando Mastrangelo selects...

Rosemarie Padovano, Nocturne (detail), 2007, wood, bronze, epoxy, pigment, Laotian cotton, linen, c-print

Hany Armanious, Year of the Pig Sty, 2007, installation view

Both of these artists have a relationship to archeology which involves their personal mythology and the mythology they are building around their sculptures. - Fernando Mastrangelo

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Thordis Adalsteinsdottir selects...

Hekla Dogg Jonsdottir, Fire Fire Fire, Fire Fire Fire, 2006

Felix Esquivel, The Visit of Evil, oil on canvas

These two artists keep the fire alive, which makes me warm inside.- Thordis Adalsteinsdottir