8600 Venice Blvd. , Los Angeles, CA 90034
“I'm so excited to be talking to you” is a group exhibition curated by Lauren McCaffrey and Allyson Spellacy that features text based work by 27 artists. The exhibition is at Denizen Design gallery, a rather sleek space for a show tightly knit with work ranging from unknown artists to the likes of Bruce Nauman and Tom Sachs. Christy McCaffrey’s cutout collages of cartoon-like people are made from newspapers, magazines, books and maps and are seamless yet with a quirky cut and paste element that exposes imperfect glue markings around the edges. Tony Payne’s “No Title” consists of a white paper with block letters written in the artist’s blood that say “the wilderness.” Jason Polan’s “Hey” is a tear out from an Archie comic with the thought bubbles of the characters whited out—allowing the
viewer to contemplate what silly conversation Archie and Jughead may be having. Only a few pieces depict a small reference to words and narratives. For example Robert Levine’s “Broken Standard Pencil Structure,” a sculpture created by gluing pencils in a jungle-gym like shape and Sarah Beadle’s “Accidents: Selections from the Library of Congress” which is three diptychs of old photographs of people with injuries, with the injuries cut out, and framed in the other half, leaving a blank square in the portrait. This exhibition is smart, engaging and lively. It points to the way that language in artwork is evolving, while still staying relevant. The photographs steer away from being large and spectacular, the collages don’t feel over produced or contrived, and the paintings and sculptures maintain a contemporary and honest attitude. Overall the exhibition is refreshing: new work, in an old context, well curated and pleasurable to look at.