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The Language of Structure

by Jolene Torr
        Visiting Ampersand to view Jordan Essoe's "Semaphores" is a unique appointment-only experience in which the very warm and accommodating gallery director and founder, Bruno Mauro, arranges for me to meet with Essoe, a serene and baby-faced young man who speaks softly with a slight hesitance or lingering over his diphthongs. Essoe brings me first to a relatively literal painting of children playing soccer and explains the context of this piece, "Those Code Systems in Which Not All the Symbols Have Meaning" as a portrayal of displaced Colombian people in a refugee camp. It is a fairly le... [more]
Posted by Jolene Torr on 2/9/09
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Popoganda and Something Wicked

by Natalie Hegert
Ampersand International Arts, located far off the beaten track on Tennessee Street in the Dogpatch, is the only locus of activity in this eerily sleepy industrial part of town on a Friday night. The reception that night, for Nick Graham and Albert Reyes, two artists with distinctly different approaches to art making, made for a very diverse crowd, ranging from teenaged skater kids to older art enthusiasts. The first room hosts Graham's show "Pop-o-ganda", which consists of oil paintings of altered Maoist-era propaganda posters, the heads of the figures replaced by current American pop icons, for example... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 1/29/08