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Visual Jazz

Clichés become clichés because they’re true

Art Features I need to confess something: I don’t usually go for abstract painting. In the course of history, the rejection of illusionism (the attempt to make a painted object appear real) seems important but, at...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010 John Photos

Another Man’s Treasure

Lance Letscher slices, dices and designs devices.

Art Features Collage may be the most relevant medium for contemporary culture. The cutting up and repurposing of discarded and obsolete print media is the artist’s version of recycling and sustainability. It reflects ...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010 John Photos

Collective Calls

The words change, but the message stays the same

Art Features Telephone is a moralistic game; it serves as a warning not to believe everything one hears. It spells out the danger of spreading rumors and the importance of checking one’s sources. Though it is only a...

Wednesday, March 31, 2010 John Photos

Sweet Nothings

John Tinker wants to be your sugar daddy

Art Features 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 emb...

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 John Photos

Living Dead

Skotia Gallery reopens with a bang, but was it ever closed?  

Art Features 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. The...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 John Photos

The Sound of Silence

Monroe Gallery’s photo show makes a real racket

Art Features As I stood in front of a 1972 photograph of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed arm-in-arm, I wondered if I was able to accurately assess the image. Was I drawn to Bowie’s piercing eyes, Reed’s impos...

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 John Photos


Jimi Gleason’s paintings are a real drag—and it’s a good thing

Art Features The inviting tactility of Jimi Gleason’s painted surfaces promises to enhance the viewing experience. It follows that my thoughts should remain so sensory, since the absence of subject matter leaves one w...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 John Photos

Second Chance

After a deep freeze, Chris Jonas’ Garden gets an extended growing season.

Art Features Chris Jonas' colossal project, Garden, has been reprised at CCA. The exhibition was unceremoniously cut short in December when CCA nearly folded, but now the venue is honoring its commitment to a project that i...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010 John Photos


Meow Wolf doesn’t skimp on love—or ambivalence

Art Features 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...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 John Photos

Getting to Know You

Be kind to thy neighbor, for they might be insane

Art Features 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 di...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 John Photos
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