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Michael Krueger: So Alone and Mystified at Packer-Schopf in Chicago, until February 13, 2011.

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Clinton Ricketts Currently in the group show, Sharing: Prints and Other Multiples at Wonder Fair Gallery in Lawrence, KS and a solo show of drawings, Out of Dodge at the Invisible Hand Gallery also in Lawrence.

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It’s been kind of an unexciting summer, in terms of opportunity to see new art, but that absence of supercharged blockbuster does lend itself to finding the truly-present, easily overlooked charms in the slightly less assuming exhibits around.  Christopher John Bostwick’s Do You Need a Friend to Go With? is a small show in a small gallery of slightly washed out works on paper, drawn with delicacy and authority, minus conspicuous mastery that I admit I’m kind of a sucker for.  More Christopher John Bostwick.

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MWC-familiar Matt Ballou is splittin’ a show with David Spear, titled Concerning Composing, at the Perlow Stevens Gallery in Columbia, MO, September 1 – 26. (shown above, Ballou’s Quintessence #17)

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Check out pictures from Fecal Face’s visit to Michael Krueger’s studio in Lawrence, KS.

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Michael Krueger

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Davin Watne

Still making up my mind about this work, but I’ve been looking for a chance to work in a choice quote from my favorite read of the summer, Don Delillo’s White Noise:

 

“I tell them it’s not decay they are seeing but innocence.  The movie breaks away from complicated human passions to show us something elemental, something fiery and loud and head-on.  It’s a conservative wish-fulfillment, a yearning for naivete.  We want to be artless again.  We want to reverse the flow of experience, of worldliness and its responsibilities.  My students say, ‘Look at the crushed bodies, the severed limbs.  What kind of innocence is this?'”

“What do you say to that?”

“I tell them they can’t think of a car crash in a movie as a violent act.  It’s a celebration.  A reaffirmation of traditional values and beliefs.  I connect car crashes to holidays like Thanksgiving and the Fourth.  We don’t mourn the dead or rejoice in miracles.  These are days of secular optimism, of self-celebration.  We will imporve, prosper, perfect ourselves.  Watch any car crash in any American movie.  It is a high-spirited moment like old-fashioned stunt flying, walking on wings.  The people who stage these crashes are able to capture a lightheartedness, a carefree enjoyment that car crashes in foreign movies can never approach.”

“Look past the violence.”

“Exactly.  Look past the violence, Jack.  There is a wonderful brimming spirit of innocence and fun.”

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