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Post #258 • April 18, 2004, 11:44 PM • 4 Comments

Rebecca Guarda installing Windspinner at the World Arts Building, Friday, April 16.

Opening reception of "Assembly Required" at the World Arts Building, Saturday.

View from above.

Carlos de Villasante, who organized the show. Yes, this is painted on the hood of a car trunk.

John Bailly in front of his work.

Elisabeth Condon in front of her work.

Vanessa Garcia.

Brian Hiveley.

Michael Landsberg.

Gerry Stecca.

Kristen Thiele.

Comment

1.

Ajax

April 20, 2004, 2:56 PM

Care to comment on the show Franklin?

2.

Franklin

April 20, 2004, 3:57 PM

All that Photoshop wiped me out, Ajax. It was a fun show. I especially like Carlos's new pieces, Vanessa Garcia's installation, and Elizabeth Condon's work.

3.

carlos de villasante

April 20, 2004, 6:39 PM

Thanks for the pics franklin. I really enjoyed the opening, I want to thank everyone who came out and supported our effort. I think this demonstrates that there is indeed alot of suppoprt for the local artists and artistic endeavors by the local art community.

Just a quick correction, Elizabeth Condon and Vanessa Garcia were part of another show called "Visual Mnenmonics" (sp?) which I did nit organize.

Anyone who did not make it out to the opening can come by on saturdays
from 1-5

4.

Jack

April 22, 2004, 3:33 AM

For some odd reason, the crowd shots are misleading. They fail to convey how very plentiful and lively the attendance was (a great food spread and a Bacardi-run bar didn't hurt any). The space is excellent as such, and recent physical improvements have made a difference from the last time I went to a show there. It's very large and open, so even with lots of people, there's optimal circulation (unlike a small, cramped gallery space which can get uncomfortably crowded). It's the sort of space where, even if the art is not outstanding, people can still have a very good time (yes, even people like me). In other words, a space like this, especially with food and drinks, is practically guaranteed to draw a big crowd, so as much advantage should be taken of it as possible.

As for the work on show, I would point out John Bailly's monoprints on paper, part of a much larger and distinguished series, which combine his gifts for drawing, color and design. Some of them recall the elegance of Motherwell, albeit in a more obsessive and feverish vein (Bailly loves Giacometti). The obsessive element was particularly evident in the two large canvas paintings; the more successful one, "Cabeza de Vaca," also recalled for me the work of Anselm Kiefer (an image of it can be seen at www.johnbailly.com). All of these pieces date from 2002, and it would have been good to have more recent ones, certainly for those of us familiar with Bailly's work, but the curator is entitled to his choices.

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