EXPO Dispatch: Figures that Stand Thier Ground
EXPO Dispatch: Figures that Stand Thier Ground

Because Expo 2013 was brimming with overpriced abstract condo décor, second-rate Robert Motherwell collages and lukewarm photography, this year I set myself the task of seeking out the best examples of “representational” painting that I could find. Although still lives, portraits and landscapes (even those highly abstracted) don’t really fit the typical art fair mold, […]

EXPO Dispatch: Sarah Charlesworth at AIC
EXPO Dispatch: Sarah Charlesworth at AIC

Charlesworth’s “Stills” are profound and challenging in ways that conceptual art is often supposed to be, but usually isn’t. Drama and tension pervade these images. Blown-up to a bodily scale that’s pushy and assertive, the pictures are surrounded by an aura of disquiet. As the panel indicated, seen in the context of September 11, 2001, […]

Review: New Image Painting/Shane Campbell Gallery
Review: New Image Painting/Shane Campbell Gallery

Accusing contemporary abstraction of offering “a site for infinitely shallow projection on the part of the viewer” is a serious, and—in my opinion—pertinent charge given the critical attention heaped upon it over the past few years. But it’s playing with fire: anemic art is anemic art whether it’s “representational” or “abstract.” Read More

Color Line and Form
Color Line and Form

I’m happy to announce that two of my most recent works have been included in “Color, Line, and Form” at the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The show opens on September 5th, and continues through October 25. If you’re in the area please consider stopping by. More information can be […]

Valpuri Kylmänen, Ari Pelkonen / Western Exhibitions
Valpuri Kylmänen, Ari Pelkonen / Western Exhibitions

In an age when a sheet of Somerset Satin paper can be fed through a large-format printer with minimal effort and yield excellent results, it’s reasonable to ask what drives the continued fascination with the graying practices of carving wood and chemically altering stone. Few mediums embody the metamorphic character of art like lithography or […]

New Work in Midwest Multiples
New Work in Midwest Multiples

I’m happy to report that two of my new ‘electronic assemblages’ have been selected by juror Hesse McGraw for inclusion in “Midwest Multiples” at the Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids, MN. The show runs from August 9th through September 7th. More in for can be found here.