Victor Nine

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The ArtSlant Team asked arts commentator, Victor Nine, to give a wrap of some of the optimal and sub-optimal art moments from 2009.  Take it away Victor...   (Image: Morgan Fisher, 2003, Film 16 mm, 21’, muet, couleur et noir et blanc, ed. 2/10 + 1EA, collection Frac Île-de-France) 'Loaded with typical French styling and heavy on the Hitchcock. Natalie Hegert rings in 2009 with her review of Notorious.' --Victor Nine (read more) Exhibition: Group Show, Notorious, Le... [more]
Bryant and Luckring at SolwayJones  
Elizabeth Bryant, Eve Luckring at Solway Jones March 8th, 2008 - April 19th, 2008
Posted 3/18/08
Strange, quirky, almost ridiculous, the new photographs of Elizabeth Bryant are at once complex and simplistic, choreographed and crude.  Using the Japanese art of ikebana flower arrangement as a jumping off point, Bryant's carefully crafted scenarios present a rabbit-hole reality that both enchants and disorients the viewer. Ikebana flower arrangement began as a ritual offering to the spirits of the dead.  Over centuries, this ritual crystallized into a formal and rigorous art form that... [more]
World of Cake  
Kim Dingle at Kim Light / LightBox October 26th, 2007 - December 8th, 2007
Posted 11/28/07
“You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”  Whenever I hear that proverb, I bristle.  It’s so scanty.  And what exactly are we talking about?  Having vs Enjoying?  Hoarding vs Consuming?  Arithmetic (1-1 = 0??)   Did you ever buy a cake and then not eat it?  What’s the point of that!   Me, personally, I want to try lots of cakes – a world of cakes - eat the cake, have the cake, bake the cake, frost the cake.  Cake walk.  Leave it out in the rain even.   Certainly Kim Dingle has been... [more]
Have a Slice  
Chris Ofili at David Zwirner- 533 W. 19th September 20th, 2007 - November 3rd, 2007
Posted 9/24/07
Ofili never disappoints.  An explosion of life, death, salvation and seduction awaits the eye.  [more]
whimsey & whatnot  
Jessica Stockholder at 1301PE September 8th, 2007 - October 20th, 2007
Posted 9/17/07
this show is art at its best - surprising, intriguing and fresh.  See it.   [more]
Big Crowd  
Bas Louter at fette's gallery March 2nd, 2007 - April 7th, 2007
Posted 3/21/07
The faces loom so large, staring at me, at each other, at themselves.  It's a big crowd.    There is a grainy quality to the paper that reminds me of those portable projection screens my parents used for slideshows.  The words, “film noir,” keep repeating in my mind as I wonder whether it is the lighting, the size, or the black and white drama of these portraits that trick me into thinking I am watching a movie.     Thick layers of blackest charcoal take on sculptural qualities.  In other... [more]