Saturday, March 07, 2009

Armory Show highlights

Doug & Mike Starn's Amaterasu, a spinning, whirring dynamo, was the brightest feature of the Modern wing on Pier 92. Video selections from their installation last year, Big Bambu, also appeared.

Wei Dong's Chinese appropriations of Western painting:

What I saw of Alexi Worth was a large image of a man handling a woman, but I think I like the couples series even more.
His work carries on the semantic effect of Magritte's surreal clarity with greater stillness and less solipsism.

Pop Surrealist Kenny Scharf was the contemporary star of the show, with a mural outside and a friend carting around in a silver suit, just for the goofy mood of it all.

Also, they were giving out doughnuts. WIN.

Lutz & Guggisberg
For my own good, Ryan McGinness:

Mahomi Kunikata, "I Wish We Had Never Met, Cock Festival Edition"

The showings were really good from Mizuma from Tokyo.

Sashie Masakatsu:

Ikeda Manabu makes exhaustive pen drawings of landscape-objects. Reminds me of games probably actually derived from him, like Katamari Damacy and Shadow of the Colossus.

"Territory", 2004 pen, acrylic ink on paper, mounted on board 42x59.5cm

Iva Gueorguieva:

Dread Dimple Dawn

Beth Campbell's "My Potential Future Based On Present Circumstances" hit close to home.

It's a decision tree for a starving artist.

Overheard comment on pornographic shower curtains: "it would be really good for someone's funeral."

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