"Nostalgia," an exhibition featuring work by MIROSLAV CUKOVIC, SERGIOThis was my first time in Neal Davis Gallery and to be honest it is much better than I had expected but I didn't expect much. I had heard mixed reviews about the Royal Oak gallery and I can still see that the gallery caters on the decorative side (I spotted a handful of designers who thought that the show was just smashing) but this show demonstrated curatorial focus, always a plus in my book. I have heard Bunting's name around town but I have to be honest that I don't know much about her than that she used to have a gallery...so if anyone has details of her involvement in the city, please share.
DE GIUSTI, IRINA NAKHOVA, RENATA PALUBINSKAS, and MEL ROSAS.
Presented and curated by Barbara Bunting. "Since my days
as a gallery director,I've been concerned with the continuing
issue of exiled and emigre artists.
Nostalgia is a brief exploration of some contemporary Detroit
and former Detroit artists whom have illuminated that
subject for me." -Barbara Bunting
Sergio DeGiusti's works stole the show for me. I am very familiar with DeGiusti's bronze and figurative wrapped pieces, so I was happily surprised to see these abstracted bandaged relics. A simplification of past religious trilogies and suggestive cross icons showed through the purified, creamy hydrostone layers. The works spoke volumes without giving away too much content and I found them much more stunning than busy figurative reliefs. These works could stand on their own and I kept wanting to see them in the context of in a chelsea gallery where they would be appreciated on a different level.
Irina Nakhova - Images for a Bear (above) and The Bear (below) parachute silk, fan, electronics.
Renata Palubinskas - This is a toughy. This isn't my art taste, but to each their own. All I can notice is the frames....why do artists put art in big, over-powering frames?
Miroslav Cukovic also had a sound installation in the back room but it was difficult to hear during the opening....and I didn't get a chance to talk to him about it in detail to see what it was about...but I can tell you the title is "Talvin Boj Sing na Misaru."