Room artist William Accorsi has the drop on you with "Cowboy".
A Tom MIx mix-mash whose shotgun shells are way too high
caliber for the pea shooter in his holster. You
must come to the gallery and see his brilliant button and bead
sculptures also... Alexander Calder reincarnated.
Channon's "Chimpanzeeni The Great" seeks political
(not mental) asylum from the Somalian Circus. The lightbulb
over his head means he is getting an idea. Did you
know that The Arts Upstairs is also a wildlife refuge in addition
to being a Artist Community Center?
other solo room artist, Justin Nikles, sums it up in "The
Incredible Eye". RAAarRrrR, roughly translated, means
Zeitgeist with a dash of bag-under-the-eye insomnia.
update on the Old Glory a'la Jasper Johns with some cherubic
Kislinesque angels scampering up the ladder of succession to
the throne. Inspired by Katrina, "Flood Flag"
is the work of Dierdre Finley.
mind plays funny tricks, like seeing connections when they aren't
really there. So here is another Johns homage, "Jasper
Johns Baby Dance" by Richard Treitner.
case you missed it, maybe you have a strong bladder.
This piece is hung in the Salon de Refuses (bathroom)
we're at it, let's draw another comparison between the hilarious
"Hot Rod Hybrid" by Joe Jackson and a collaboration
between Robert Rauschenberg and one of my absolutely favorite
artists, Jean Tinguely.
is hot this season. The color and the bulgeousness of the mighty
fruit is present in "Katrina" by Valerie Owen.
Something about the gluteus maximus chiaroscuro...
Crumrine Has developed a nifty technique that combines the best
of stained glass and mosaic tiles. The ones she works into weatherbeaten
old window frames particularly tickle my fancy. Here is "Irises".
Lenny Kislin has mastered the art of
assemblage in a serenely simple, elegant and formal way. Take
an impossible ride on "Ancient Wheelchair".
keep telling Kevin Green to raise his prices. Does he listen?
No. "Weather Station" is only $185.
And it is guaranteed to draw lightning down from the skies.
Electric grounding cable sold separately.
absolutely unique thread paintings (that's right, made from colored
threads) must be seen with a Sherlock Holmes Magnifying glass
to be perceived. "A Cool Stream on a Hot Day" is one
of four in the current exhibition.
"Thanksgiving", Robert Ricard rounds out our Art Safari
with a holiday feast for the whole family. The munchkin-pilgrim-fairy-freak
family to be precise. Kind of how I remember Thanksgiving dinners
of my childhood. He never forgot, obviously. Perhaps the
destiny of his unfiltered juvenility led him to The Arts Upstairs
after a frustrating string of rejections from some other galleries
who shall here remain nameless.
No artist ever gets
rejected from The Arts Upstairs. Judged and juried,
gallery curators have their own taste and it isn't likely
to be the same as yours. That's the best explanation I have
come up with why the art at The Arts Upstairs is more likely
to be loved by you. And me, too.