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A Year in Art-cum-Movie Poster Quotes
by Andrew Berardini

 Art critics are never quite shilled in the same way as critics for other avenues of culture. Yes, our reviews likely get listed on CVs and not read, adding some vague imprimatur to an artist's career that might help move some product, but we're never exploited in quite the same way, as say, the movie critic, whose thoughtful well-composed reviews (okay not always) get diced into a few words to grace a promotional poster. Oh, if only some art critic (someone from October would be nice, or Texte Zur Kunst at least) would say "the number one feel-good hit of the summer," or "I laughed, I cried ... they'll be talking about this one for decades." Alackaday, we art critics are gladly too verbose and, well, critical.

As a small token of post-holiday soporific haze of gifting, we at ArtSlant decided to dispense a few movie quotes for future posters for artists. If Gagosian continues his world domination, it's likely to happen anyway, why not help it on its way?

A gift? Yes, a gift. Not all gifts are welcome though, now are they? And doesn't the old saw go that there's no such thing as bad publicity.

For this purpose,we've plucked out lines from the work of our critics, Jessica Powers, Jacquelyn Davis, Aaron Carpenter, and myself, from this past year's notable hits and misses for your reading enjoyment.

--Andrew Berardini, West Coast Editor


The construction of the dangerous toy is a seduction, an enticement to be afraid. 

These Are Not To Be Toyed by Jessica Powers

11 Most Dangerous Toys of 2011
Group Exhibition
Soil Art Gallery
112 3rd Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
November 30, 2011 - December 23, 2011


A rich exhibition … providing contrasting readings of materials and situations that can seem blocked or cornered by oversimplification.

Geometric Compromise by Jacquelyn Davis

The Spiral and the Square. Exercises in translatability.
Group Exhibition
Bonniers Konsthall
Torsgatan 19, Stockholm, Sweden
August 24, 2011 - January 8, 2012


Western Bridge… functioned as a platform, a framework, a solid concrete floor and light to gather around (for a short time, also a job)—but it was also capable of fulfilling as many roles as people could invent for it.

Use It For What It's Used For by Jessica Powers

Group Exhibition
Western Bridge
3412 Fourth Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98134
September 16, 2011 - December 17, 2011


The original joy of sight, the enraptured state caused by color or dazzling expression, is in full effect. 

Landscape Primitivism by Jessica Powers

Prints and Sculpture
Claude Zervas
James Harris Gallery
312 2nd Ave, Seattle 98104
October 13, 2011 - November 26, 2011


…the art object is again a ritual and powerful mental weapon.

Bubble Fantasies by Jessica Powers

Bubble Tea
Jason Hirata
101 Prefontaine Place South, Seattle , WA 98104
November 3, 2011 - November 25, 2011 


…politically liminal, spotlessly clean, meditatively quiet, beautiful realized, longing for a disorderly humanity to make it come alive.

In Between by Andrew Berardini

Here — After
Nir Evron
Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv
5 Kalisher St. , Tel Aviv , Israel
September 8, 2011 - November 12, 2011


One can imagine art history students touring through the gallery whispering "Manzoni much?"

from 76 Lines on One-Liners by Aaron Carpenter

Luis Camnitzer: Arbitrary Objects and Their Titles
Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
University of British Columbia, 1825 Main Mall, Vancouver, Canada
September 26, 2011 - December 31, 2011


The actions of Matthew Sawyer employ an uneasy blend of charity and chicanery. 

Reputable Dealers and Brackish Water by Aaron Carpenter

Mathew Sawyer: There is no royal road
Unit/Pitt Projects
15 East Pender Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada
September 9, 2011 - October 8, 2011


To return to Josh Hite's video: man is just another animal in front of the camera, he simply also happens to be behind it.

Some Humans and Nature by Jessica Powers

Alone in the Wilderness
Group Exhibition
The Vera Project
305 Harrison Street, Seattle, WA 98109
August 7, 2011 - August 31, 2011


…how they’re painted seem to have a wry wit, a mischievious and almost fucked-up gentility.

Clipped by Andres Bedoya

Alistair Frost & Gerda Scheepers
Mary Mary
6 Dixon Street , Suite 2 / 1 , Glasgow G1 4AX, United Kingdom
June 25, 2011 - August 6, 2011


Funhouse seems intent on leaving a lasting impression: vertigo, a lack of breath, seared retinas.

Lost in the Funhouse by Jessica Powers

Group Exhibition
Western Bridge
3412 Fourth Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98134
May 27, 2011 - July 30, 2011


…upon arriving in Bottarelli's designated “studio” area, moxie and sly duplicity prevail.

Paolo Bottarelli Cubed by Jacquelyn Davis

The 6th Momentum Biennial
Momentum Kunsthall
Gnr 11 Bnr 2828, 1519 , Moss, Norway
June 18, 2011 - October 2, 2011


Any definitive answer or choice leads to one pretty trap or another, but an arrogant world continues to exude confidence in its choosing.

Consumption Junction by Jacquelyn Davis

I Promise, I Will Never Be Your Friend. No Matter What, Ever...
Björn Kjelltoft
Gallery NIklas Belenius, Stockholm
Ulrikagatan 13 , 115 23 Stockholm , Sweden
May 5, 2011 - May 22, 2011


There may be sputtering connections and ruptures from which emerge new languages or at the very least come crashing into you as they weave and turn, bounce and pirouette in the dark.


Dancing in the Dark by Jessica Powers

Dark Room Trio
Crispin Spaeth
Western Bridge
3412 Fourth Ave. South, Seattle, WA 98134
April 8, 2011 - April 23, 2011


And it´s precisely in this moment that I realize the Beautiful Women of Maco are my William T. Sherman, just as my ravaged heart is their war-torn South. Following in Ross´ footsteps, all I could do was capture them, powerless against their beauty and the prospect of Romantic Love During My Own Age of Nuclear Weapons Proliferation.

Sherman’s March to Zona Maco, Part 1 by Jared Elms


Open Satellite pointed the way forward for Seattle: a cheap and cheerful province with the freedom of space whilst maintaining an authentic connection to a larger conversation.

Closed Satellite by Jessica Powers

Open Satellite
989 112 Ave NE, Suite 102 , Bellevue, WA 98004
March 19, 2011 - March 19, 2011


I feel like I’ve ceded my youth to pictures taken by other people. 

Pulled from Google Street View Part 2 by Andrew Berardini
Posted 3/1/11


The strength of independent operations in backyards, sheds, basements, and other unused or under-used spaces shouldn't be underestimated. The genius is that the community produces for itself what it wants—shows, performances, and collaborations.

Close Quarters and Simple Chance by Jessica Powers

The Pajama Game
Group Exhibition
NEPO House
1723 S Lander Street, Seattle, WA 98144
February 5, 2011 - February 28, 2011


Even if my own pathetic voyage had been allowed to run its course, it would have been comparable to Crowhurst's dementia-induced odyssey in that the result would have been the same: young pickled flesh.

Piracy! by Aaron Carpenter

The Voyage, or Three Years at Sea Part 1, Tacita Dean and Rodney Graham
Tacita Dean, Rodney Graham
Scott Gallery - Emily Carr University of Art + Design
1399 Johnston Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6H 3R9, Canada
January 19, 2011 - February 24, 2011


…the deliberate choice of nothingness, rather than the exhaustive overload of somethingness, of everythingness.

The Deliberate Choice of Nothingness by Jacquelyn Davis

Joakim Eneroth: Short Stories of the Transparent Mind
Christian Larsen
Hudiksvallsgatan 8, SE-113 30 Stockholm, Sweden
January 13, 2011 - February 13, 2011 


It feels as though the cocktail of pleasure, shame, horror and desire provoked by this exhibit is from a recipe triumphantly plucked from Picasso’s sticky fingers.

The Head, The Body, The Limbs
by Aaron Carpenter 

Amy Bessone and Thomas Houseago
Rennie Collection at Wing Sang
51 East Pender Street , Vancouver, BC V6A 1S9, Canada
November 20, 2010 - April 16, 2011


Meaning becomes slippery, we lose track of where we are on the map, and suddenly the folds seem to hide rather than reveal anything[....] Here Abigail Reynolds dispenses with mystification, even if uncertainty envelops you.

Come Together by Jessica Powers

Abigail Reynolds: Collider
December 10, 2010 - January 16, 2011

Posted by Andrew Berardini on 12/27/11

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