Lisa Marie Godfrey: Everyday Magik
December 12, 7-9pm
Lisa Marie Godfrey describes her new drawings, "I am a collection of experiences, memories and belongings. Through the telling of stories, I can create myself into a hero or villain, ultimately creating my own myths." I've never seen Godfrey's work in person before, but what I have seen online suggests a playful, childlike style and a good eye for graphic design.
December 5, 7-11pm and December 6, 12-5pm
Collections seem to "say something" about their collectors. For this installation, Joshua Saunders shows a collection of items purchased from the Blue Hanger and then organized over the course of two years. Before you go, watch the trailer for Jill Pangallo and Max Juren's The Collections to get you in the mood.
Austin on View
Through Janurary 31, 2010
I love Roberta Smith on David Bates in 2006: "In fashionable art-world circles the paintings of David Bates are considered conservative if not reactionary or, at best, guilty pleasures, if they are considered at all. If I wanted to signal my agreement I would say that I like them against my better judgment, but in truth I just like them."
Through January 31, 2010
As the first in AMOA's New Works series, Jade Walker's installation is a huge success. I'll be reviewing it in the next issue, so look for my thoughts then.
Through December 31, 2009
See Katie Anania's review in this issue.
Through January 3, 2010
See Dan Boehl's review in last week's issue.
San Antonio Openings
Sean Ripple: Artificial Scarcity
December 4, 7-9pm
Artist Sean Ripple is deleting three years of photographic work from his hard-drive, but he isn't doing it quietly. Ripple owns up that Artificial Scarcity is "a publicity stunt of sorts." He's copied all his photos from the last three years onto discs and tossing them from the window of a moving car. Ripple explains, "if the disks are found, you'd better believe they're for sale." Otherwise, aside from 5 x 7 printouts of the images and documentation of the event, they'll be gone. This weekend, Artificial Scarcity is in San Antonio at Stella Haus. Next weekend, you'll find the artist at Apama Mackey in Houston on Saturday, December 12, from 6-8pm and at Co-Lab on Sunday, December 13, from 6-8pm.
San Antonio on View
Diamond Life: Jillian Conrad & Moo Kwon Han
Through January 2, 2010
The sweetest moments in Jillian Conrad’s installation at Unit B are in the spatial relationships she establishes between objects. Three works in the series Wishing You Are Here each consist of a vintage postcard lacquered to the wall and a small modified concrete brick sculpture on the floor. Meanwhile, Moo Kwon Han's two videos are visual poetry, reflecting, with a good dose of humor, on life's constants, such as gravity.
Adriana Lara, Mario Ybarra, Jr., Adrian Esparza
Through January 10, 2010
These are the strongest end-of-residency exhibitions I've seen at Artpace in quite a while. Adriana Lara's video of San Antonio-based artists at work, which begins with an installation of bathroom appliances spelling out the word "ARTIFICIAL," may sound saccharine in description, but is quite poignant in person. Mario Ybarra, Jr., an artist known for his community-based projects, used the residency to literally "try his hand" at something different, drawing, with great results. Adrian Esparza takes the cake, in my book, for his immense quilt depicting the landscape outside El Paso, a project that draws on the strategies of Conceptual and Minimalist artists. I'd like to see it installed at Chinati, where I think it's conversation with the natural and social landscape, as well as sculptures of Donald Judd, would be powerful.
San Antonio Closings
Closing December 6, 2009
Gary Sweeney's installation is a metaphor about metaphors: a life-size house of cards. One card with an image of dice imprinted on it reads, "Sometimes disguised as idioms, gambling metaphors suit those times in ones life where change and unpredictability rule—times when we have no answers." Many such gambling metaphors have been used to describe the economic crisis of 2008/9. Sweeney's installation points to the (reverse) irony here: sometimes metaphors are only masquerading as figures of speech. Like Sweeney's actual house of cards, they're actually literal.