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Sean Dietrich
Sticks + Stones Gallery
815 Broadway, Oakland , Ca 94607
February 10, 2012 - March 1, 2012

Molotov Cocktails and Fuck-ups.

Overcoming a potential disaster, the team at Sticks+Stones Gallery did a superb job taking the paint destroyed and bare walls and turning them into an integral part of the show.  At the last minute the walls were splattered with brown and grey paint (the rest of the white paint had been peeled back and streamed down the walls), wooden crates were used as podiums for selct pieces, industrial size nails bulged out of the wall below the work creating crooked shelving, and Jack Daniels bottle molotov cocktails were scattered everywhere, all in an effort to create a surreal and war-torn background for Dietrich's extravengantly detailed collection of female militants.  In the same way that a white wall can impact the pristine quality of work, the walls reflected a grungy and filthy side of art and helped to create a sense of ease among the guests; they seemed to relish the fact that the space was already dirty and not (in the slightest bit) clinical.  Though it is true that Dietrich's work is quite capable of standing on it's own, I seriously doubt the show would have been nearly as effective or successful if the initial "fuck-ups" on the walls hadn't been turned into something so fitting and interactive. 

Posted by sticks and stones on 2/14/12

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