Josee Bienvenu Gallery
529 West 20th St., New York, NY 10011
July 12, 2007 - September 15, 2007
Up Close and Personal by Chris Bors
While collectors may be purchasing art just by viewing jpeg’s, the drawings by twenty international artists in microwave, five at Josée Bienvenu deserve to be seen first hand. The precision pricks of needle perforations in Xawery Wolski’s untitled sculptural works on paper, or the detailed graphite rendering of a woodsy scene by Tom Friedman, must be appreciated up close and personal.
Posted by Kristin Dickson
Ken Solomon’s Plastic Men — a gouache and mixed media trompe l'oeil representation of postage stamps featuring the rubbery superhero — is a standout piece that caught my attention. Maximo Gonzalez uses devalued currency for his intricate wall work Cell Phones, a perfect commentary to the end of this summer season where collapsing mortgage lending companies cause a drop in the Dow, and maybe a shiver up the spine of a few art dealers as well.
(*Images from top to bottom: Ken Solomon, microwave, five, July 12 – September 15, 2007, Plastic Men, gouache, mixed media, 16 x 11 inches, Josée Bienvenu gallery, Courtesy of the Artist and Josée Bienvenu gallery. Xawery Wolski, microwave, five, July 12 – September 15, 2007, 2006-07, Untitled, ink on paper, 19 x 24 inches Josée Bienvenu gallery, Courtesy of the Artist and Josée Bienvenu gallery.)