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Out in the Open

HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor finds itself burdened

Art Features Sure, skin is a metaphor. It represents, at opposite ends, oppression and privilege. But it’s also a metaphor that’s written all over your face. In HIDE: Skin as Material and Metaphor, eight artists...

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 Rani Molla

Popped and Screwed

Glitches & Fixes channels bright lights, big city

Art Features Popular culture, burned as it is onto the backs our retinae, doesn’t need an introduction. But abstracting pop, as David Ryan does in Glitches & Fixes, is a natural, and elegant, progression.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Rani Molla

Reserved Seating

The Donna Party has room for more

Art Features In literature, tragedy usually involves a respected character whose situation goes from bad to worse. A tragicomedy usually involves the same trajectory, but with enough humor or flippancy to leaven the situati...

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Rani Molla

Animal Magnetism

Bologna Skin Babylon won’t let you look away

Art Features People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals claims it never endorsed throwing paint at models wearing fur. These days, the animal rights organization takes a relative flies-with-honey approach. This year, it ev...

Wednesday, March 23, 2011 Rani Molla

Overgrown Zen Garden

AKA Zen unminimalizes itself

Art Features Crazed on caffeine, mired in deadlines and armed with enough power cords to make rash decisions, a personal relationship with Zen escapes me. Conceptually, on the other hand, and very basically, it proffers wis...

Wednesday, March 9, 2011 Rani Molla

Little Light of Mine

Luminous examines light in the world and within the viewer

Art Features Mayumi Nishida’s works in Luminous depend heavily on light and darkness, but are thoughtful enough to know that 222 Shelby Street Gallery has many windows to illuminate and many walls to obscure.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Rani Molla

How to ArtFeast

Dos, don’ts and notes on mixing food and art

Art Features After many years of attending ARTFeast, which raises more than $100,000 annually for arts education, SFR has developed a few ideas about how to tackle the main event.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 Rani Molla, Zane Fischer

More or Less

6/6/6 tries to take a big bite with few teeth

Art Features What 6/6/6 surfeits in concept (“six artists, six cities, six connections”), it lacks in size and thematic links. There are only 18 pieces (ideally three per artist, but not in practice) and they&rs...

Wednesday, February 16, 2011 Rani Molla

Book Smart

SITE’s three exhibitions take feminism literarily

Art Features If the exchange of famous vaginas for subtle, literary feminist allusions means progress, we’re in. Female artists Amy Cutler, Ruth Claxton and Runa Islam stage three structurally different but thematical...

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 Rani Molla

Hot Box

You don’t have to read Afterglow this way, but it’s so much sexier

Art Features Albuquerque-based artist Ted Laredo creates geometric pieces, usually spin-offs on cubes—let’s call them boxes—using combinations of acrylic paint, glass micro beads and cotton twill tape. Non...

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 Rani Molla
 
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