abstraction in miami
Post #529 • May 3, 2005, 9:20 AM • 28 Comments
Abstraction in Miami at Dorsch Gallery. I think this is one of the best things up in Miami right now, an opinion not even slightly tinted, you can be sure, by the fact that I helped arrange the show and that a lot of these people are my friends.
Seriously, Miami has always had a lot of vital abstractionists and this exhibition proves it. George Bethea's work seems the best of the lot, and this recent piece composes a little more strongly than some of the earlier works out of this series, which sometimes came off more as topography samples than paintings, albeit beautiful ones. Kerry Ware is using colors unprecedented in his ouevre, and he's pulling it off magnificently. Apologies in advance to Rene Barge, Philip Spence, and Guerra de la Paz, who also had good works in the show, but my camera couldn't be made to cooperate.
Walter Darby Bannard.
William Keddell also has a show up of his stereoviews. You look through those little viewers on the light tables to see stereo versions of the images hung above them. Keddell has expert-level knowledge of stereoview history and theory, and the views provide an experience that I can only describe as gripping - you feel your brain tingle a little bit as you see the three-dimensionality unfold before you. Aesthetically I struggled a little with the novelty, feeling at first that the strong illusionism prevented them from working as compositions, but the feeling passed - the lighting looked convincingly dramatic and the busy-ness, especially in a series of heavily graffittied subways, provided a lot of intriguing surfaces.