Wednesday, April 19, 2017


David Canright, Ship, 2016, ball point pen on paper, 
24x57 inches at Conduit Gallery re-post (link here)

Sometimes life gets in the way of passion and my passion is going to art galleries. Maybe a little more than making art or writing about art. I think I make art and write about art to support my habit of seeing art. Anyway, I haven’t had the chance to make my rounds in a while, but I am looking forward to some great shows this weekend.

The project room at Conduit Gallery has the detail drawings of David Canright. Worlds upon worlds are stacked on top of one another to make dense drawings of places and things. It looks as if he intends you to get lost in the drawing as you roam your eyes around these pictures. I look forward to investigating them further to find all the steampunk elements.

Erin Cluley Gallery has a strong show of paintings by Anna Membrino. These large paintings use flat areas of painting next to simulated textures and gradients shapes. The work makes you wonder if they are landscape, still life, abstract, or something in between. I am leaning towards still life, but only by seeing them live will I know for sure, or maybe not. And I can’t miss the Vernon Fisher show at Talley Dunn. This body of work titled The American Landscape shows a kind of cartoon chaos world with an undercurrent of dread. You can feel the dark humor and apocalyptic rising theme. I wonder if Fisher was predicting the oncoming storm of the political landscape.

The last stop on my tour will be Murielle White’s artist talk at Cris Worley Gallery. Art talks can reveal the strength of knowledge and forethought in the artist’s work. However, in the case of Kelley Walker, during his talk at St. Louis CAM last year he showed his weakness in critical thinking. I don’t think this will be the problem for White. Her work is incredibly thoughtful and completely integrated with her experiences. Her work is layered and visually compelling. When I was in grad school with her at UNT, I loved listening to her defend her work during critiques. She was eloquent and you could tell that the work was incredibly personal, yet relatable. I hope to capture a bit of that magic when I hear her talk about her paintings this weekend.

Conduit Gallery will have David Canright’s drawings and Anna Membrino’s paintings will be at Erin Cluley Gallery until February 11th. Murielle White’s show will also come down at the same time as Canright and Membrino, but her talk is Saturday the 4th from 4 to 5 PM. And you have a bit longer to see Vernon Fisher’s paintings, because his show is over February 25th.

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