weekend openings at dorsch, snitzer, and steinbaum
Post #289 • June 1, 2004, 8:45 AM • 6 Comments
George Bethea at Dorsch Gallery. Bethea switched from a tentative Impressionist style to a confident Fauvist one, and these paintings set up on the wall with brio.
Lucas Blanco at Dorsch. A recollection of Bay Area Figuration but with a subdued, sandy palette. Simple, convincing, authoritative, and pretty wonderful. I probably couldn't dislike these if I tried.
Alex Di Pietra at Dorsch. I found that her work, while competent, was unable to leave the orbit of Claudia Scalise, another Dorsch artist who puts painterly figures on minimal backgrounds.
Hernan Bas at Frederic Snitzer's new joint (recently ga-ga'ed over by Paige West). Despite having dismissed everything I've ever seen Bas do, these recent works show a command of color and material, and are charmingly creepy and likable.
Bhakti Baxter at Snitzer. Conversely, Baxter, whom I've praised, has abandoned his meditative arrangements of simple materials and started drawing like Hernan Bas circa last year. The results are a little disappointing. (There's a lot of glare on this. Sorry.)
Jacin Giordano at Snitzer. Does this boy do any bad paintings? I think I've liked everything I've seen by him.
Jiae Hwang at Snitzer. An increasingly Essenhigh-ish approach is helping her drawings, but I have to admit that my eyes start to glaze over when I see anime-inspired work these days. Overexposure, I guess.
Gean Moreno at Snitzer. One of my teachers said to me a long time ago that if I loved doodling, go be a champion doodler. Moreno is a champion doodler. I mean that both pejoratively and approvingly, emphasis on the latter.
Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt at Bernice Steinbaum Gallery. A continuation of their theme of little well-dressed people walking through an alien world; it continues to be charming. (Glare bad.)