is nature in it?

this week, a review/response to the exhibition i have curated at semantics ran in City Beat. The insightful and sensitive Selena Reder spent time in the exhibition and also interviewing several of the artists by e-mail. i'm pleased with her perspectives on the work:


the problems, the visual ecstasies that present themselves for decoding or plain, direct appreciation are emerging lately from my daily walking and experiences of the city's transformations that reflect the changing seasons. I am seeing stunning exhibitions as well as some disappointments, but between these events are the peripheral perceptual fields that run along Central Parkway or into Over-the-Rhine and Washington Park, or throughout the West End. Here is a snippet of others' appreciation of these phenomena:

Did exhibitions like Peter Voshefski at Aisle Gallery or the run of abstracted nature interpretations at Carl Solway Gallery over the past six months or so prime me to see these floating seedlings, emerging moths, winding wisteria as artful experiences? I will be writing at greater length about Judy Pfaff's new exhibition at Solway for City Beat later in the summer, but I will say that apart from the sheer excitement with which I replied to her excess, I was deeply affected by the art's ability to "discuss" nature while fully maintaining the anxieties (claustrophobias?) (horror vacui?) of a city dweller, one who sees nature in postcards and ideas, one who can appreciate nature as a conceptual product more than a boundless expanse outside of urban centers. I credit Robert Irwin and the discussion with Lawrence Weschler about his contribution to a Venice Biennale (a demarked square of grass on the lawn in front of the American Pavilion) to have blurred/erased the lines that have claimed to protect visual art appreciation from the rest of our perceptual experiences. The fluffy seeds are like Voshefski's paintings on blocks- pollen and pods and organic plumes are really out there. Before Pfaff's exhibition, we were presented with fairly recent paintings by Joan Snyder, and an artist's talk that I discussed in this entry. The paintings themselves contained plant matter not dissimilar from what rises up off the sidewalks before me, glazing my view of the city in front of me with bespeckled whites and tans.

-so look around you.
-by all means, get pumped in anticipation of the new CAC exhibitions opening.
-get yourself to the West End and see the new exhibitions at Solway and Aisle.
-officially, this is the last day for "No Gallery Left Behind," an interesting enough show at Reed Gallery in DAAP that is chock full with enough clever solutions to how to make art in budget-crisis times to offer something appealing to just about everyone.
-you need to be listening to the newest Animal Collective CD. Probably their best yet?
-TONIGHT Eat Sugar is having a CD release party at Northside Tavern. I'd love to meet up with you there. Circa midnight.
-If you haven't had a chance yet to stop by the humble hamlet of Brighton to see She Keeps It In Play / They Don't Know What To Call It at semantics gallery, you are welcome to stop in tomorrow. I will be manning the gallery hours from 12-4 tomorrow afternoon.

be well.

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