ArtBlog Shapes and Animals at Tiger and Grizzly
by Becca Kantor
Visitors to Colleen Rudolf‘s exhibit “CON · NECT [KUH · NEKT]” at the Grizzly Grizzly Gallery might feel as though they’ve stepped into a Please Touch Museum for the thinking adult. Rudolf is both perceptive and playful in contrasting animals’ straightforward and instinctual manner of relating to each other with humans’ inability to give our full attention to any single interaction. Rudolf believes that humans’ lack of focus is a recent development, due to the barrage of technological communication to which we are increasingly exposed.
Faded meanings – Dematerialization at Pterodactyl Gallery
By Ben Meyer
The essay accompanying Dematerialization, up now at Pterodactyl Gallery in Kensington, includes the observation that “many contemporary artists and art productions have aligned with minimalist Donald Judd’s 1965 declaration of ‘disinterest in doing [painting and sculpture] again.’” In the work on display in Dematerialization, curated by Jamie Png, this “disinterest” has extended to a negation of artistic intent, narrative, and in some cases even aesthetic appeal. Many pieces conceptually show art as providing an open-ended experience, rather than an intentional creation, while others question the essential presuppositions of the art world. This type of experimentation is a delicate tight-rope for artists to walk, for while most pieces here are fresh and enjoyable, some veer too far off into the insubstantial.
Art Review: "Exposed" at Helen Day Art Center
By Pamela Polston
One of the best things about “Exposed,” Helen Day Art Center’s annual outdoor sculpture show, is that it’s outdoors. Given the occasional vandalism and thefts over the years, the gallery deserves props for just doing it. And for making the formidable effort to site nearly 30 works on the gallery’s lawn, around the village of Stowe and alongside the town’s sinuous rec path. On a gorgeous summer day, taking in this sprawling exhibit makes for a stimulating stroll regardless of what one thinks of the artworks en route.