My favorite exhibitions are the ones that transform reality so that I feel less like I’m in a gallery looking at a picture and more like I’m inside someone’s skull and the artwork is the embodiment of their ideas. John Tinker’s immersive solo is like walking into Willy Wonka’s laboratory, with its blend of fantastical foods, dangerous toys and mischief.
If I were trying to sign on with a gallery, I might think about Skotia Gallery. The high ceilings, dark interior, and happy chirps and hums of staff-selected techno music create a comfortable atmosphere. These details contrast nicely with the often-twisted imagery. The shows are consistently strong, especially in technique.
The 5 pm deadline was hours away on Friday, Feb. 12, and the members of Meow Wolf were darting in and out of the ramshackle space they use as their gallery. Work was being hung and more work was arriving by the folder-full. There were no name tags or prices yet posted, and empty beer bottles cluttered the surfaces where sculptures would soon go.
Picking up where it left off with Talking Pictures, SITE Santa Fe continues its exploration of relationships with One on One, a tense group exhibition in which artists examine the lives of others, often at a disturbing proximity. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed myself, but One on One presents surprisingly nuanced variations on the theme of (paired) identities.