Sunday, March 12, 2006

beaver recap

Kristin Beaver at Meadowbrook Gallery
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So you think that painting is dead............think again!
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Great color relation...tints of primary in these three. Sometimes retrospectives can be all over the place but for the most part kristin's works all compliment one another.
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Great figure relationships in her work...somehow both figures seem unaffected by one another yet stand comfortably close.
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I hear kristin has now given up people portraits and is only painting cats....JUST KIDDIN!
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Apparently two of kristin's large paintings were bought by a gallery looking to rise to the scene again. I hope that is true...we need another gallery to step up and support its local stars!
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I love the attitude in this piece... and the golden tones.
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This was actually my least favorite in the show. Something just felt a little generic in the character or maybe it is the position on the canvas.
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I love the swollen portraits
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The "blondes" are kristin's new works. I can assume they are taken from portraits of kristin in a wig, but I could be wrong. The expression in this piece freaks me out...this look says a thousand words!
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You can notice in person the difference between her newer work and older works. Older works seem to be on a rougher canvas and have a somewhat sparkly glaze to them. I can tell that her confidence in painting has progressed even in the past few years.
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I love this composition of kristin and her cat. She lies (in character) shirtless and sprawled out on the floor with an angry, listless look while the cat pays no attention and stares at something on the floor. It seems like no one is paying attention to her and she is trying to command attention with with her glaring expression.

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These two action paintings stood out in the show. I enjoyed the freshness of the brushstrokes. This painting even looks different in person, close up - you notice how very few colors and brush strokes make up the face and hair. I love when kristin's paintings have a under painting quality to them - they feel very in the moment. Those subtleties are what stand out to me.

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No...Kristin did not decorate this cake but the word on the street is that this hired cake decorator took this job very seriously! I actually love how the chocolate cake looks like the hair is shedding into clumps on the plate. yummy!

12 Comments:

Blogger whafer said...

so so hot!!!!

11:35 AM  
Anonymous jim said...

an excellent show. seeing these pieces up close is worth the trip.

2:29 PM  
Anonymous topher said...

I've never been to an opening where i began shaking when i saw the work. These were really breathtaking. This is one of those times when it makes you proud to have at artist like Kristen an active participant in this communities cultural endevers. No other city has her (yet). She really is unique.

6:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mmm pretty

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least you said something positive. There could be a little more love in the Detroit arts community.

I wonder how these artists and galleries feel about you posting so many images. I still want to see this show, but it was kind of a giveaway trailor.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Giveaway"?!? Have you ever seen a Beaver in the flesh? Because if you had you would know that these measly morsels Detroitarts offers are just a tease at best. This is one show that needs to be seen to be appreciated. Soon Detroit may just be a line on Kristin's resume. You, my friend, need more Beaver.

4:16 AM  
Anonymous jim said...

if you don't want to see the images because they "give away the show," the don't look at the page, moron.

the galleries and artists should feel grateful - they aren't getting any press or attention anywhere else.

2:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mmmm cake

5:45 PM  
Anonymous birdie said...

Ann, little buddy, you just keep on keepin on with your blog!!
We need more like you!!

Opinions!
Opinions!
With pictures!
Just because I watch Ebert and Roeper doesnt mean I wont go see the movie!

Get Real Here!

Dont go out of your way, whoever you are, to try to kill the messenger!!

8:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Beaver show was great. I took a friend and went to see it yesterday solely because I saw the images on the blog. We need more, not less, information like this online, with pictures included, so we can visit the galleries showing such fine work and support the artists.

One suggestion: for those who do not know about the galleries, maybe a bit more info can be provided, including full name and location. For example, what is Motor City?

11:09 AM  
Blogger ann said...

hey anon:

read this for some details on what motor city is. thanks for the comment!

http://www.metrotimes.com/editorial/story.asp?id=8679

12:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmm...i'm not really feeling these "paintings"

8:32 PM  

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