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Victoria Reynolds

Victoria Reynolds
Victoria Reynolds

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Kimberly Trowbridge
Kimberly Trowbridge

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sarah mckenzie

Sarah McKenzie

Armin Muhsam

and Armin Muhsam

Yesterday we watched a lecture by James Howard Kunstler, The Tragedy of Suburbia.  Scroll down and click the link to watch if you haven’t yet.  Just as an addendum, here are just a couple of no-coast painters probably already thinking about the issues raised in Kunstler’s talk (or already looking around and saying, “What the fuck?”).  McKenzie will be in the also timely World’s Away: New Suburban Landscapes at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, February 26-May 18, 2008.  Muhsam has upcoming solo shows at Quad City Art Center in Rock Island, IL and Galerie Lichtpunkt in his old stomping ground, Munich, Germany.

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I’ve turned the comments section off for this post.  The thread going on down in Sam’s Kunstler post is really interesting, so lets just go down there and continue.  Also, some action this week in the posts for Casey Roberts, Logan Grider, Ryan McLaughlin (which lost a little steam after a couple Spinal Tap quotes, hmmmm…), and of course, our all-time most popular entry, Gordon Cook.

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This ought to be required viewing for any midwest-based landscape painter.

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Dan Gratz

Kansas City-based artist Dan Gratz is showing his Etch A Sketch drawings at KC’s Syringe Gallery.  You can watch a movie of Dan making these drawings on his website (look at that: he works general to specific!).  Here is a link.

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Barry Gealt

Barry Gealt

Barry Gealt

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Steve Budington See Me Feel Me Touch Me Heal Me

So I put together a show at the University of Missouri’s Bingham Gallery, focusing on a few younger painters working different takes on figurative painting.  I’m in the show, too, so full disclosure,  I’m biased.  I just like these paintings, but here’s why:   Most of the painters in the show are dealing with the history of painting–we’ve got portraits and genre paintings, narratives and allegories.  Moments of beautiful drawing and paint-handling indicate that the artists have studied works of past thoroughly (take one look at Robert McCann or Jennifer Meanley’s work below). 

Don’t however, think that it’s a conservative show–there are moments of black humor; of ironic and post-ironic self-examination; and reference to depictions of the figure in comics and cartoons, medical illustration and fashion advertising.  Also evident, certain of the more Existential aspects of recent art theory.  A quote from Steve Budinton, describing the characters in his paintings (that’s his See Me Feel Me Touch Me Heal Me, 2008 above), is an attitude of painter toward protagonist that might be shared by several artists in the show: “How would it compensate?  What would it become?  The resulting works are decidedly composite in nature, and thematically they address issues of human vulnerability in a seemingly ‘post human’ culture and precarious natural world.”

  Here are some installation photos, and some thoughts of a more anecdotal nature on the show.  Thanks so much for looking.

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