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