Saturday, July 30, 2005

Ambient Gallery opening night...

The grand opening of Ambient Gallery in Grosse Pointe, former Maniscalco Gallery, was a big change from the old.  The gallery was changed from the old Maniscalco format and looked...how do I say this kindly....like I real gallery space of fine art finally.  The art ranged from traditional "still life" to Jessica Erickson's edgy collaged pieces.  Erickson really brought an boldness to the east side gallery district.  Kim Dabbs has certainly made an early impression with her first opening.  Hopefully she will continue to carry with the momentum.

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Erickson's muted-boxed-abstracts
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Erickson cuts apart her "landscape" into grided sections of mixed media allowing drips and charcoal to smear but remain contained next to borders of white voided canvas.
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Also a nice balance of photography made the show flow together.  I enjoyed the prints with the more painterly-collaged pieces.
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The grid of boxed abstracted figures seemed a bit on the graphic side and didn't appeal to me as much, but who am I to say.  I think Primary Space lost some art?
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Ok, yes...fruit...but remember the gallery is still in Grosse Pointe. Change is slow sometimes.
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And why not have a portrait done by Maniscalco of Carmen Harlan?  Is she going to buy this?  Well, she does look gosh darn pretty, don't she?
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All and all....it was a good start and I hope to see what the gallery has in store for us.

1 Comments:

Anonymous dETROITfUNK said...

Right on - I am also sorry to have to say that this gallery may now have a chance MINUS Mr Maniscalcos self conscious pretentions. What the hell is it about the Grosse Pointes that seems to reek of a collective brain deadness when it comes to culture and the arts ? Heres to a new start and a new chance at a real gallery now that Maniscalco has left the building.

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