Saturday, November 11, 2006

art around town

I'm not a die-hard follower of the avant-garde, but I tend to like art that takes some chances, formally and conceptually. Here are some current Ithaca area shows that have caught my attention. Go see them if you can.

*Itty Neuhaus' Common Ground
at IC's Handwerker Gallery features a video installation, paper sculptures, and works on paper. I didn't get a good look at the video (at the opening, too noisy) but the paper sculptures are exquisite, abstractions of geological strata and plant life. The show is up through December 22nd. There was an artist's talk this past Thursday (the 9th), part of a "Light Fantastic" lecture series. I was there and will have more to say.

*Garden: Delights and Detritus, by IC professor Susan Weisend, is at the Ink Shop through January 16th. She will be giving a talk on November 30th at 7:00 p.m. The prints and drawings are well-done, although perhaps with too much delight and not enough detritus.

*At the State of the Art, sculptors Ann Welles and Eva Capobianco have a neat two woman show, entitled Adaptive Re-use (sounds eco-friendly). A plaster baby bust, machine parts, boxes, references to the passing of time--Ann's work is a contemporary relative to that of the Surrealists. Eva's work combines natural and man-made forms--mostly wood--with political text related to recent gay-rights controversies. I'm not sure if I buy this juxtaposition (or marriage, if you will), but she gets points for ambition. She will be gallery-sitting on Saturday's this month. Re-use will be up through the 29th of this month.

*Out of Line, at the Johnson gathers contemporary drawings from the collection of Sherry and Joel Mallin. The working definition of "drawing" is generous, and the selection of artists is weighted towards those born in the sixties and seventies. I've looked at the show only casually (I was at the opening). Some of the work looked sub-par (a Tracy Emin drawing, anybody?) , but other things were interesting. Matt Bryans' enormous Untitled newspaper collage dissolves the original imagery and text into painterly smears, sometimes forming ghostly faces. Anyway, I'm a big fan of drawings and "works on paper", and some of the directions these things are being taken by young artists. Artist Alexis Rockman will speak on Novemeber 28th, at 5:15 p.m. The show itself is up through December 17th.

*This goes without saying, but check out (or take another look at) the Johnson's other shows as well, including A Private Eye, which is up through Christmas Eve.

These are all shows that I've seen (if only briefly) in the last week or so. I'm sure there's more out there.



Anonymous Karl Zipser said...

"I tend to like art that takes some chances"

Arthur, if it doesn't take chances, it ain't art.

3:47 PM  
Blogger arthur said...

I meant more chances than average.

4:10 PM  

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