Tuesday, September 12, 2006

sculpture??? @ meadowbrook

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Looks like they put up a giant sign to advertise the gallery at meadowbrook...now you can't miss it! muahahahah...

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For those of you that thought I was out of line to say that lemberg and kotula were mild shows: I hope you made your way out to meadowbrook to see Sculpture???! If you could have only made one show, this was the one to be at - it had something for mom and dad and all the kiddies!
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Kevin Ewing. I have been following ewing's work now for about a year and I still am happily surprised. I first fell in love with ewing's work at 555: a large wall hanging furry piece (could be considered painting or sculpture) that looks like rippling intestines and now hangs above my couch. I love art that engages the viewer and I can vouch that everyone who has seen the soft, bodily piece has had a reaction. Yes, artists like reactions! Since then ewing has let the materials and humorous yet sensual ideas take over in works like the decapitated deer head (above/below), chained cuddly elephant, stretched vinyl, drawings, and other furry sweet yet sinister pieces.
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I had seen this piece before. I really love that it reads as abstract but after viewing you start to see all the grotesque and sexual acts happening within the drawing. I am drawn to work that has a certain refinement that is in contradiction to what is really happening within the composition. Instantly reminded me of late de kooning and sue williams.
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These highly charged, tautly stretched vinyl pieces are direct visual opposites than the soft, intestinal piece above. The angelic, furry work asks to be delicately caressed while these ask to be spanked!

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mathew blake. I first encountered blake's pop cultural, architectural friezes at susanne's also about a year ago at the smash hit show "summer pack". Blake, though he could be pegged as another detroit junk artist, rises above that label through the focus and flawless execution of his layered sculptures. They don't necessary evoke the common crumbling detroit motif: they instead play with a faux-grand childhood nostalgia. These works would fit into any NY gallery.
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evan larson - (The last two artists in the show I have seen around, maybe not as often and I feel that I haven't spent enough time with the work to react to or draw a conclusion yet.) Go see this show for yourself!!
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brian nelson
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5 Comments:

Anonymous baker said...

They had sculpture in 97 when Joe Wesner had his retro. It was awesome to see at the beginning his drawing of a football running back from highschool. Strong use of blacks and varied values.
The exhibit looks great sure to get out there.

1:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was a fun show, love Blake's work. Goody's doing a great job of giving us all a reason to keep driving out to Rochester.

Gotta keep in mind when making such comparisons--Oakland is a nonprofit space. Kotula and Lemberg have to make payroll and rent. Totally different situation that surely impacts real world exhibition choices. I'd hate to see more galleries close in Detroit which is what will happen if all these guys can't keep selling work.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous vessel said...

Tom Phardel is one of the best sculptors around this area, and he is also a great guy. His show at Lemberg was exemplary.

10:30 AM  
Anonymous Adrian Hatfield said...

Visually seductive and intellectually intriguing show. Great job to everyone involved!

2:25 PM  
Anonymous metro man said...

Bambi decapitation, mysteriously bloodied body parts, symbolic group groping, chained mutilations…of course you love it.

metro man

3:35 PM  

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