Monthly Archives: May 2011

Kiel Johnson’s Retro Thingamajigs at the Taubman Museum

Those lamenting the disappearance of the Polaroid camera and relishing the banjo’s reappearance have something in common with Kiel Johnson: a love for the sounds and objects of a bygone era, and nostalgic affections for the handmade. Opening on June 3, 2011 at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke (VA), is One Thing Leads to Another, the artist’s first major museum retrospective exhibition featuring his handmade machinery and ink drawings, in addition to an on-site painting and exterior mural. Many of Johnson’s hand-crafted cassette tapes, SLR and Polaroid cameras, boom boxes, and musical instruments will be on view – all constructed from his signature cardboard medium – in addition to Publish or Perish, a sizable tribute to his family’s newspaper printing press, in “working” condition. The collection of gadgetry will remain on view through August 28, 2011.

Ben Weiner’s Abstractions Travel to St. Louis

As of Friday, May 20th, Ben Weiner‘s video work entitled Na + (aq) + C5H8NO – (aq) NaC5H8NO4(s) can be found in Bruno David Gallery‘s New Media Room. Representing his most recent form of photographic exploration, the piece utilizes stop motion technique to combine thousands of photographs into a swirling, coalescing landscape of lavish texture that is mysteriously familiar, transcendent, and disorienting all at the same time. Depicting magnifications of synthetic materials, the resulting terrain fuses object, subject, and medium in an exploration of beauty, surface, abstraction, and consumer/art object duality.

The exhibition will run though July 2 in all of its opulent glory. Visit the exhibition’s website for more information.

Allison Schulnik Gets “Cryptic”

Showing alongside Francisco Goya, Folkert de Jong, Hiraki Sawa, Dana Schutz, Javier Tellez, and Erika Wanenmacher, Allison Schulnik will be keeping some pretty good artistic company during her upcoming exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum, St. Louis. Featured in “Cryptic: The Use of Allegory in Contemporary Art, with a Master Class from Goya” curated by Laura Steward, Schulnik will have several specifically selected paintings shown in the 8,000 square foot exhibition space – which will be accompanied by a publication and lecture program.

Additionally, Schulnik’s works (in addition those of the other featured artists) will be paired in conversation with a group of Goya’s prints – creating an ongoing dialogue between their open-ended allegories both past and present.

Opening this Friday, May 20th, 2011, the exhibition remains on view through August 14th, 2011.

David Rathman’s “Other Side of Sunday”

Saddle up and buckle down, ladies and gents, because David Rathman has a bone to pick with….well, no one….but his new paintings at Weinstein Gallery are pretty fierce.

With his signature watercolors, Rathman creates hazy, nostalgic and darkly comical tributes to the romantic notions of yesteryear – this time, focusing primarily on popular boyhood heroism of the cowboy. If you find yourself in Minneapolis, be sure to drop in for his upcoming exhibition – which opens on May 19th and remains on view through July 9, 2011.

For more information, please visit the gallery’s exhibition page.

Ali Smith and New York “Merge”

With nearly twenty new harlequin oil canvases, Ali Smith is heading back to New York for her second solo exhibition at Freight + Volume. Known for her frenetic, geometric and architectural abstractions, Smith has taken her mercurial forms to another level in “Merge,” which opens May 12, 2011, from 6-8pm.

On view through June 18th, “Merge” succinctly encapsulates the tension between Smith’s freely organic compositions, and calculated painterly technique. For more information, or to preview the works slated for this exhibition, you may visit the gallery’s exhibition page.

Allison Schulnik’s “Performance”

Even though Allison Schulnik has been diligently working on exciting new projects in her studio all spring, she still managed to find the time to churn out a knockout body of new oil paintings for her upcoming solo exhibition at Division Gallery (Montreal, Canada).

With more than ten new darkly whimsical paintings on view, “Performance” opens to the public on May 14th from 3-6pm in Division Gallery’s brand new space. Featuring a selection of Schulnik’s infamous wilting flowers, forlorn hobos and melancholy forests, “Performance” will showcase her adept mastery of beauty in unlikely places….not to mention all that gloriously thick paint…