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Soul Doubt/Sold Out: Unsold Inventory and Leftovers from the First Decade of the Millenium. Part 2

by Juliian Hoeber
With work chosen by three galleries (Thomas Solomon, Kathryn Brennan and China Art Objects), on the other end of town hangs an even more hodgepodge group show at Cottage Home. Over on the right hand side of the room, past the particle-board stage with the musical instruments and stamped aluminum photoflood lights (a sculpture by Jonathan Pylypchuk and Paul Cherwick) sit two sculptures by recently minted USC MFA Alex Israel. Sort of sculptures—sort of conceptual gestures with objects as placeholders. The two sculpture-gesture-things, each sitting on its own low white plinth, are rented... [more]
Posted by Juliian Hoeber on 8/3/10
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JP Munro in Chinatown

by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer
        JP Munro’s most recent exhibition of new paintings and drawings are even more libidinous than usual. His characteristic naïve-neoclassical world of imagery remains the familiar location for these new quasi-mythological scenes. While Munro clearly draws from an extensive and ranging selection of compositional and stylistic art historical references, his pictures have the overwhelming effect of lurid friezes, playing off classical Roman tropes while distorting bodies into more uncomfortable and more disturbed modern proportions. Naked male bodies clash in battle, men and women hump a... [more]
Posted by Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer on 10/19/09
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I Can See for Miles

by Sasha Bergstrom-Katz
Summer group shows often seem a bit thrown together, with works assembled and combined in the same space under themes such as ‘death’ or ‘bodies.'  But in the case of “I Can See for Miles” at the new shared Chinatown space, Cottage Home, the works compliment each other without a heavy reliance on a thematic relationship.  There is, of course, an underlying theme of rock, as the title is borrowed from a song by The Who, but not everybody would catch that, and even if you do, a song like that can evoke completely different reactions.  The title might also suggest a new beginning for a new space.... [more]
Posted by Sasha Bergstrom-Katz on 8/11/08