Sunday, July 31, 2016

SLIPSTREAM at Kirk Hopper Fine Art repost of my article

When will the reaction against deskilled, dull, and uninspired art catch fire? Kirk Hopper Fine Arts takes a crack at this question with another offering of artists trying to buck the trend of lazy conceptualism and zombie abstraction. Last time they featured a group of painters, but this time, the medium is drawing. In a show titled Slipstream, curated by Susie Kalil, drawings are featured because Kalil values the individual labor, craft, as well as the skills shown in each work. Style isn’t the driver of this show, yet much of these artists work in themes of the surreal or other worldly abstractions. This group show will include ten artists and I would like to introduce you to a few of them.

Roger Winter has written a book titled On Drawing. His work can be categorized as realism, but not the idealized, sentimental realism, rather a more gritty and stark representation of life. Mary Jenewien is ambitious in scale and content with her very personal works. Drawing is just an element of her breadth of work. I don’t know what to expect for Jenewien, but I am sure it will also tap into realism while remaining dark and soulful. In fact, dark themes can be found in several other artists works in the show. Robert Crumb’s comics have been a clear influence on Bill Haveron’s drawings. Strange narratives seem to twist and turn in his work. Lynn Randolph and Noriko Shinohara also tell surreal stories in their work. Shinohara also employees cartoon style techniques using “less is more” to make an image.

James Surls and Jorge Alegria have a very different style and approach to drawing than many in the exhibition. Surls’ drawings seem to relate to his sculptures, directly or indirectly. The drawings have the same lightness in form and similar compositional ideas as his other works. Alegria’s drawings depict the morning fog or afternoon misty skies. Yet the drawings also look abstract and haunting. His treatment of anamorphic perspective using graphite makes his work my most anticipated of the whole show. What you see is what you get from Lois Dodd’s simple, quiet, and straightforward representation with the most economy of line and shape to muse on a person, place, or thing.

Kirk Hopper Fine Arts will have an opening reception May 28th. The ten artists include: Jorge Alegria, Lois Dodd, Bill Haveron, Alexandre Hogue, Mary Jenewein, Angelbert Metoyer, Lynn Randolph, Noriko Shinohara, James Surls, Emmi Whitehorse, and Roger Winter. Also, I would like to add one important show coming up. Kirk Hopper Fine Arts own assistant director, Giovanni Valderas will be having a show at the MAC on June 4th. This is an impossible to miss event and I know the work will be something people will be talking about months after the show is over.

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