Friday, April 20, 2012

Tim Best + Titus O'Brien + Tom Orr + Cameron Schoepp

Tim Best - Behold the ManFrom the series ‘stuff’ - 2011Fuji Crystal Archive Print - 24”x 24”
My art review repost of a March 2012 show

Brand 10 art space, located around the museum district of Fort Worth, is a non-profit gallery that shows imaginative exhibitions of artists. The Brand 10 team picks artists for their ability to create challenging conversation between the art works. The exhibition “Showman,” featuring Tim Best, Titus O’Brien, Tom Orr and Cameron Schoepp is full of contrast and complementary pieces which makes for a great group show.

Tom Orr’s work is like a theater of the eye. He sets up his sculptures to form the back drop of a stage while the overlapping objects play with your optical senses. The breaks in shadows and illusionistic effects are Orr’s actors that play across his stage. His work also peeks out of the gallery windows like theater posters displayed to attract passersby. I am sure Orr was well aware that the words “art space” on the windows would act as a nice framing device.

Titus O’Brien’s paintings are like a collage of exploding black and white backdrops of a cityscape. I recently watched the old 1920’s movie “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” and these works remind me a great deal of the expressionist style of the film. The limited colors and geometric shapes with hints of shadowy buildings seem on the surface to be talking a similar language as Orr’s work, but O’Brien’s titles “Avatamsaka IV” and “Avatamsaka III,” suggest a spiritual influence that makes
me want to look at the paintings a little deeper.

In the middle of the floor is Cam Schoepp’s work, where a bench is surrounded by a floor piece of two overlapping colors. Schoepp’s pieces seem to provide a place to view the shows going on around his sculptures. These pieces invite you to sit down while repelling you with the patterned boarder on the ground. Schoepp’s functional, anti-functional art plays well with the showy work of Orr and the paintings of O’Brien.

The main stage was set with Orr, O’Brien, and Schoepp, but the side stage of Tim Best is a show of a future artist headliner. Best’s photography has always fascinated me. What often looks to be a tongue in cheek approach to his pictures, when you look a little closer, shows some dark complex elements at play. Candy is his theme in these photos, but with the wrappers still on the candy, the images become less about the food and more about the brand consumption. The gold and silver
wrappers are no accident either. The shiny papers and brand names may have a chocolate center, but you are left with empty calories and a short sweet sensation that lasts for only a moment before you have to get your next fix. Brand 10 art space will be exhibiting the “Showman,” Tim Best, Titus O’Brien, Tom Orr and Cameron Schoepp through April 28th.

If you want to see more images of the show, visit

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