|Francis Marquez, "Chonga suit, Salsa suit, Fran suit"|
There was a fourth suit, not shown in this picture, titled "Nude suit", which, curiously, did not include a mask, like the ones pictured here. These suits by Francis Marquez are humorous but at the same time they seriously deal with issues of identity, masks, make-up/hair/etc., and clothes as a kind of secondary skin.
Ms. Marquez also had an accompanying video to go with the suits, showing herself wearing them and giving them life, dancing to music. The whole installation and video had a very light, airy feel at one level, while addressing more serious questions simultaneously at other levels.
|Zak Hemsteger, "The Pitfalls of Incessant Mastication"|
Zak Hemsteger's "Pitfalls of Incessant Mastication", all handmade earthenware, glaze, paint and wood installation consisted of many ceramic statues on a lengthy wooden table.
|Close-up view of part of installation.|
|Rob Fladry, "Take the gun, leave the Canolli, a Cat's a Better Mother Than You"|
Rob Fladry's video work shows a single frame from Gone With the Wind juxtaposed to one from The Godfather continually changing. Two films about vanquished cultures and families of survivors. The effect of the dual video is to construct a third, purely visual narrative in the viewer's mind, one that does not exist in either of the donor movies.
|View of Museum gallery.|
|Jordi Williams, "Universal Alignment"|
Jordi Williams' "Universal Alignment" consists of a large tricolor sugar substitute mandala [Link] in a slight spiral pattern. Suspended via monofilament fishing line from the ceiling are several fishing pyramid type sinkers, painted white, ever-so-lightly touching the sand. The artist says the sinkers "...map the intersection of every Ley line in the Western hemisphere". Ley lines are explained here: [Link]. I'm not entirely convinced, but it is a stand-out installation.
|Ryan Foster,"Books", 2010-2011|
|Detail from "Frustrated Creation"|
|Bruce Monroe, "501, 310, 077, 972, MMWR, 2011"|
Rob Monroe's"501, 310, 077, 972 MMWR, 2011" is a sculptured in the form of a male human figure from hand-cut fiberglass and covered in polyurethane. It looks like it is covered in armor, and in a somewhat alert, defensive pose. The lighting is critical to this piece, in that its shadow is significant to the work.
|Ellen Mueller, "Waiting Room".|
On the left is Ellen Mueller's "Waiting Room", an installation looking like every generic waiting room that ever existed, complete with a plant (fake-looking, but I didn't check), magazines, inoccuous painting on the wall, and the TV, which showed videos made by Ms. Mueller whose scripts come from survival manuals. The woman doing the narrating and demos is reminiscent of a stewardess, and incredibly funny in a very understated/straight way. Ellen also had a series of readings from her "Book of Enid", which was a story and drawings of a woman who tries to go back into the past and prevent a disaster from happening. There were cards from the Book of Enid by the magazines. The artist also recruited people to populate her installation, which when I came in, thought was a real waiting room!
Congratulations to all the artists in the show, and those reviewed here.