Sunday, July 02, 2006

RichRichRich: the third show

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RichRichRich is almost coming to an end. Last night was the third opening out of the four summer shows planned. The gallery is slowly transforming from a messy construction site of scrap materials and hidden artwork to a clean strip mall store with pristine white gallery walls and artwork hung on them. The progression of the space is as much as art as the pieces in it! This show marks a more noticeable transition with the paintings of ny artist Wendy white and also Ann arbor artist Glenn Curtis' works that reflect previous found object installations. Now the piles of art are much more noticable and defined and the bits and pieces on the floor seem less intentional and more a hazard of working in a space that is in transition. I am still intrigued with the process and transformation of the gallery but I found that the work left me questioning less than in previous shows. It is not a question however, of whether white's pieces are successful because I believe they are pleasant to look at and white has all the marks for a great painter, they just didn't take me to the next level. Painting is a tricky thing sometimes because it can be visually pleasing yet fail to stimulate the senses. It might be a personal thing...or something that as a painter I am concerned with. What makes a painting, a painting! and another just a pretty picture? The pieces that have key chains and other objects like letters attached become almost hideous but in an "art cool" way. They remind me of the pieces in other shows that have been reassembled and then attached to the work in a way that your grandmother would turn what you consider junk into craft treasures. RRR is like a good movie where the viewer is at the part where they see the end coming but are starting to miss the build up the final outcome. I love the space and the idea behind it, I am just sad that it will soon become another strip mall storefront and knowledge of any sort of gallery will only be a memory!

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curtis glenn
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27 Comments:

Anonymous .... said...

PoorPoorPoor

4:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i agree with poorpoorpoor, although i have seen curtis work before and for the most part enjoy it. but in this case it feels to me a bit scattered or just lacks something? on the other hand the wendy? paintings i feel are very week, new york whatever. i am not impresed with her work but there was one painting in a previous post i think it was when ann went to new york and i think it was a piture of wendys studio and there was a large painting on the wall that i felt was nice or a strong image for me but the rest i could live without. sorry

11:24 AM  
Anonymous kevin said...

this was RRR's least impressive/interesting show. wendy's work seems far from developed or progressive for the style.

and I agree with the poster above, curtis' stuff was "eh."

has RRR jumped the shark?

ayyyyy...

1:39 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

The shark jump happened in record time, but that's only if you accept the premise that R3 had anything going on to begin with. I think it's more like there was never a shark to jump in the first place.

7:58 PM  
Anonymous leoqueen said...

curtis glenn is a young artist who seems to be experimenting with format and placement.

working in the grey areas between painting, installation, and sculpture.

he is taking chances for himself now, and its great that richrichrich gives him the venue to do this experimenting. How many other exhibition spaces would do this?

curtis, take lots of documentary shots of your installation for future reference.

10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder about gallery availability? it would be exciting to see an avante garde space as such open and available to the average consumer stopping by the strip mall out in the subs.

11:56 PM  
Anonymous Carl said...

I don't think they want an average consumer dropping by RRR any more than Detroit galleries want drop in foot traffic.

8:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they want everyone there

12:16 PM  
Anonymous nolan simon said...

Unfortunately, we're not able to keep an attendant at the shows to keep the space open for the duration of the shows. I'm in line with anon that it would be ideal to keep the space open regular hours to accomodate passers by. We do indeed encourage everyone to come out to see the shows.

Carl, feel free to visit us at www.richrichrich.org and set up an appointment for a personal tour through the space and the current exhibition.

-Nolan

1:27 PM  
Anonymous M said...

LOL. Why does that "personal tour" sound ominous. :-)

5:42 PM  
Anonymous Nolan simon said...

Personal tour...of death.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous wendy white said...

hey nolan! i want a personal tour of death.

9:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have the artists at RRR been using the space for other happenings?
As a studio space?

12:24 AM  
Anonymous matthew barney said...

I heard RRR only really wants vistors wearing hot pants.

2:56 PM  
Anonymous Curtis said...

We just said that so that we could see Matthew Barney in hot pants.

1:39 AM  
Anonymous matthew barney said...

I have to slather my thighs in vaseline just to get them on these days.

4:00 PM  
Anonymous kara walker said...

you're not doing enough coke!

5:12 PM  
Anonymous mike jones said...

))))))))))sallabout that purplestuff
i didn't want none yall bitches there.
the whole project shoulda been a club(seals) space - ifit where up to me anyway.

art is for album covers, bout it!

keep grippin and sippin
\/

next show - - watch

9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arrrrrr Matieeeee!!!

11:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I must admit I missed this show :( But my observations of the other two shows was that the gallery was decidedly pushing a, for lack of a better term, “shit on the floor” sort of aesthetic. I think Curtis’s work didn’t come across that interesting to people because A) the gallery set this aesthetic as the norm and therefore it lost the usual subversive quality of seeing shit piled on the floor that usually first draws you into Curtis’s work, And B) the gallery undermined the aesthetic by making it a half wall art show. I have to fault the gallery for not following through by pushing the aesthetic even farther or pushing a completely new format. But then what the fuck do I know. I didn’t even go. And who is Mike Jones? Mike Jones! MIKE JONES!!!!

12:17 PM  
Anonymous M said...

When is the next / last RRR show?

1:17 PM  
Anonymous nolan simon said...

The Next/Last RRR exhibition will open Saturday, July 22nd. We'll be showing drawings and sculpture by German artist Rene Zeh. Go to www.richrichrich.org and www.renezeh.de for more information.

9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Jones

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who?

5:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mike Jones!!!!

5:44 PM  

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