Summer group shows often seem a bit thrown together, with works assembled and combined in the same space under themes such as ‘death’ or ‘bodies.' But in the case of “I Can See for Miles” at the new shared Chinatown space, Cottage Home, the works compliment each other without a heavy reliance on a thematic relationship. There is, of course, an underlying theme of rock, as the title is borrowed from a song by The Who, but not everybody would catch that, and even if you do, a song like that can evoke completely different reactions. The title might also suggest a new beginning for a new space.
The group show was curated by three gallerists; Steve Hanson from China Art Objects, Katie Brennan from Sister, and Thomas Solomon of the Thomas Solomon Gallery. They together own the space and co-curated this inaugural exhibition from artists they represent or show. Each curator’s selection of works are hung together, displaying each individual’s taste. Thomas Solomon’s group, including William Eggleston, Troy Brauntuch, Brad Eberhard and Isa Genzken, was mature and thoughtful, while Katie Brennan’s group consisting of Davis Rhodes, Kirsten Stoltmann, Jeni Spota and Matthew Spiegelman, and Steve Hanson’s selection of Bjorn Copeland and Rob Thom present a younger, ‘hipper’ focus, perhpas more in line with what would be considered rock and roll.
There are striking and interesting pieces in the show and fortunately, because the space is large and the selection not terribly overwhelming, time could be spent with each piece and effort could be made trying to connect the dots between the works. Davis Rhodes’ white diamond and Matthew Spiegelman’s Solution glowed from the back wall, giving space, in a sense, to very colorful works like Brad Eberhard’s Personality Test and Kirsten Stoltmann’s series of sculptures; if not placed against the simple geometric white shapes, these works could have been lost. Thom’s drawings hung quietly against the front wall, with ample space to look closely at the meticulous and textured graphite, while William Eggleston’s vibrant photograph, Untitled, Near Minter City and Glendora, Mississippi, waited around the first corner.
The exhibition works as a select sampling of the different galleries and a look at both established and young emerging artists all under one large roof.
- Sasha Bergstrom-Katz
(Images from top to bottom: Installation view of works by Bjorn Copeland, Courtesy of the artist and China Art Objects Galleries, Photo by JW Picture, Joshua White; Brad Eberhard, Personality Test, 2008, Thomas Solomon Gallery; Matthew Spiegelman's Solution in "I Can See for Miles. . ."; Left to right: works by Matthew Spiegelman, Kirsten Stoltmann and Jeni Spota in "I Can See for Miles. . ." at Cottage Home)