Bradney Evans and Pastelegram
Bradney Evans: Still
Lora Reynolds Gallery - Project Room
October 28 - December 3, 2011
Everyone loves a project space, or as Lora Reynolds Gallery has chosen to call it, a Project Room. These typically compact spaces allow artists to highlight a few works in a concise and often experimental way that, in one way or another, end up paying dividends for the viewer. Los Angeles based artist Bradney Evans' exhibition looks to continue this tradition by showing three works on paper that use what appears to be packing paper to construct images of an eclipse, a constellation and a sunset. However, in a nod to our easily deceived perception, Evans pieces are in fact rendered by hand. These trompe-l’oeil images are accompanied by a single-channel video that extends Evans over-arching themes of enchantment, perception and the slippery slope lying between knowledge and desire. Slippery or not, we know that we definitely want to see what Evans exhibition and Reynolds Project Room is offering.
Issue no. 1, ‘The Sun Had Not Risen Yet/Now The Sun Had Sunk,’ Fall 2011.
We here at ...mbg are pleased to recommend and welcome a new arts publication coming out of Austin. With the ongoing dormancy of Art Lies, Pastelegram is a welcome addition to the critical dialogue concerning visual art. ‘Critical dialogue, what does that even mean?’ Don’t worry we’ve asked ourselves the same question. Rather than a lengthy and prosaic explanation, let's just say that Pastelegram offers poignant, sophisticated and pithy writing both online and in their biannual print issues. In their own words, "Pastelegram is an online and print publication concerned with images and their sources." Artist and Issue no. 1 collaborator Barry Stone’s images weave together and are the source for the wide ranging texts that make up their first print issue, The Sun Had Not Risen Yet/Now The Sun Had Sunk (Fall 2011).
With a section of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia (1516) along side contemporary essays and an interview with Stone by Editor Ariel Evans, Pastelegram elbows in alongside Cabinet as a journal that looks expansively at art, ideas and the process by which we come to understand them. Collaborations with artists and art historians will form the bones of the print issues while weekly reviews and monthly features highlight the online offerings. If the past few months of online content and a solid first print issue are any indicator, we’re thrilled about what the future for Pastelegram holds and happily count ourselves amongst its readers. For a flip-through of the actual issue, click here. To get your hands on a copy or to subscribe, click here.
Eric Zimmerman is an artist and Editor of ...might be good.