|Kurt Piazza, "Untitled #14"|
Piazza is a graphic artist who also works in a variety of media, with emphasis on video, installations and performance. There are several large, high-contrast prints by him of industrial structures in the show. Piazza has said that he believes that "architecture can serve as a metaphor for time and space". The history of space, too. Deprived of mid-tones, these stark black and white large format Xerox prints depart from the usual representative or documentarian aspects of the buildings, taking away the usual clues, leaving us with outlines and a lot of blacked-out areas. This forces the viewer to leave behind the conventions of architecture and wander into new conceptual spaces.
|Kurt Piazza Video frame.|
There were four videos playing, "Video 237", "Blue Sequence", PROJ(3)3:12, and Untitled in a clever inset screen on the side of the gallery. I think there was some footage from The Shining, though recontextualized.
|Daniel Williams, "Untitled"|
|Edgar Sanchez-Cumbas, "Darker Shade"|
"Darker Shade", a mixed media work on wood with a variety of tan tones, looks like paint squeezed from a tube, and also like a reclining nude, but that's to me. The sinuous bends in it come across a a feeling of complexity, and thing turning inwardly. Sanchez-Cumbas reportedly said this and other paintings in the show had to do with a conversation with his parents about his daughter's skin color, which is a topic openly discussed in many Latin American households.
This exhibit is open until March 23rd at Tempus Projects, 5132 N. Florida Ave. Call 813.340.9056 to make arrangements to see it. A word of advice: When viewing abstract works it's a good idea to give them a little time, to get past initial impressions and allow them to wash over you and explore the stream-of-consciousness associations and feelings that arise.