October Picks

Texas and beyond

October 2009
by Claire Ruud & Lauren Adams

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      JeongMee Yoon
      Terry and His Blue Things, from The Pink & Blue Project (2005-2008)
      2005
      Chromogenic photograph
      The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; museum purchase with funds provided by Photo Forum 2007, 2007.1771

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      Chaotic Harmony: Contemporary Korean Photography
      Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
      October 18 – January 3

      Chaotic Harmony presents the work of 40 Korean photographers, many of whom have never been shown internationally. The show explores the generational gap between those artists born before 1970 in an agrarian society and those born afterwards into urbanization and the newly formed democracy. The exhibition suggests that the styles of these two generations are distinct, the first producing more traditional images, such as Bae Bien-U’s hazy, mythological landscapes, and the second focusing on many of the same issues that American artists tend to explore—urbanization, sexuality, and, as reflected by JeongMee Yoon’s Terry and His Blue Things, the over consumption of manufactured goods that seems to be plaguing all corners of the world. In addition, on November 22, the MFAH will open the complementary exhibition Your Bright Future: 12 Contemporary Artists from Korea, showcasing work in other mediums. LA

      Erin Curtis
      Women and Their Work, Austin
      October 1 – November 12

      Space means so much to us. We value our “personal space,” decorate our domestic spaces to reflect aspects of ourselves, and take pride in iconic public spaces that somehow seem to represent our communities. Erin Curtis’s work is consumed by space, exploring the emotions different spaces evoke. Isolation and mourning, for example, can be found in Curtis’ depictions of 20th century buildings, such as the General Motors headquarters, falling into decay. These images, many of which were created in Curtis's recent visit to India, suggest that within the interior and exterior walls of these spaces is a glimpse into the collective mental state of the culture which creates them. LA

      Jonathan Marshall
      Art Palace Gallery, Austin
      October 17 – November 22

      Jonathan Marshall promises the final episode in a trilogy that began with the artist's well-received The Book of Lenny (2007) at Art Palace and continued with Johan Pilgrim and the Cave of Wonders (2008) at Man & Eve. These large-scale installations (including video, sculptural elements, drawings and paintings) follow heroic male figures through epic landscapes. In the final chapter, Marshall says, "I will continue my explorations at the crossroads of myth, history, the not too distant future, the boundless possibilities of human ingenuity, lower back pain, futility, and the power of art to create a visual model of the true nature of the universe and man’s place therein." CR

      Michael Tole
      Conduit Gallery, Dallas
      October 17 – November 14

      Consumerism is a topic that concerns many artists these days, and Michael Tole is undoubtedly one of them. What separates Tole from the many, many others, however, is his realization that having possessions that define social status isn’t something that appeared only in the last few decades. In fact, some among the wealthiest class in American seem to gravitate towards the same extravagant items popular in the 17th and 18th century. This fact has lead Tole to produce lush paintings of Faberge Eggs and decorative Chinese screens, which hover deliciously on the border of photorealism and abstraction, if, that is, such a border exists. LA

      Susan Rothenberg
      The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

      October 18 – January 3

      Susan Rothenberg painted a few images of horses in the 70’s, became famous, and never painted anything ever again. True? Not at all; however one might think that if they were basing their opinion of Rothenberg strictly on what the history books tell us. In truth Rothenberg’s images have evolved from her minimalist horses into works that recreate observed events and experiences in the artist’s life. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth brings a long deserved rounded view Rothenberg, focusing not on her most famous pieces, but on the process that makes this artist stand out among her contemporaries. LA

      William Cordova
      Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York
      October 28 – November 28

      Word is William Cordova will be showing 100 (you got that right) drawings and a large sculptural work at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. this fall in his first NYC gallery show. After seeing two rather spare exhibitions of his work this year in Texas (Artpace & Okay Mountain), I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with a high-profile gallery like Sikkema Jenkins & Co. CR

      Claire Ruud is Editor of ...might be good.

      Lauren Adams is an intern at Fluent~Collaborative.

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