Of course, I blame it on the City Itself, which renders people utterly incapable of handling Nature's slightest caprice, all the while becoming caricatures themselves.
I reiterate: someone needs to take a little vacation from the city...
I must say that I did not notice any deer antlers, robots, or creepy manequins and that left me rather disappointed. A few artists did stand out with work good enough to restore my faith:
Julia Meltzer and David Thorne made me question my assumptions.
Harry(ette) Dodge goes on a witty and touching journey.
Daniel Joseph Martinez delivers in every facet from idea to execution.
Mary Heilman's paintings are delicious and understated.
Charles Long. Didn't want to like it but I loved it. His work combines really
well with Heilman's.
Rahel Harrison does a great job of commenting on the mess that used to be the American Dream. It's the show's single mostt dominant thread.
JedediahCaeser's sculptures(?)/paintings(?) are just great.
Adam Putnam's Magic Lantern was so good I didn't want to leave.
Mika Rotttenberg might have the best piece in the show. Very immersive,very thought-provoking. I give her and Julia Meltzer co-prizes for best in show.
Worst in show: Certainly the hanging. Perhaps taking a cue from the crew at the New Museum, it's very, very difficult to tell who created which work. On a positive side, and positive being the key word, the show is hung in such a way that the over-and-over dreary subject matter does not make for a depressing experience. I felt fresh all the way through the visit, though annoyed to see so much derivative conceptualism (a deadly combination). still, it was worth the visit and there were a few yummy veggies hidden amidst the iceberg lettuce.