Posts archive: January 2012

David Ireland is in the air at Alley Cat Books in People Are a Light to Love, a pop-up exhibit curated by Veronica De Jesus... but only for one more week! Liz Walsh's piece Night Light seems from afar to be a treated scaffold, but from top to bottom there is a gradual dipping into the illusionary; when colored lights and textures subsume the lower part of the piece with a floor with footprints that seems to suggest a Muppet-sized football field. Ali Naschke-Messing's Light from Above, so from below is a space of an "invisible room" denoted by floor to ceiling wires interacting with the adjacent wall some four feet away, encrusted with gold leaf (also reminiscent of Tom Marioni). Pam Martin's Decomposing Display is literally organic, using live mushrooms colliding with print and pencil silhouettes, a little like lining a bird cage with issues of Audubon Magazine in some whacky semiotic experiment. It's displayed like a flat file in their habitat -- spaces in a pile of wooden palettes. Again, puns and a celebration of materials italicizes the spirit of Ireland... One Non-David jewel -- a hysterical sound/comedy installation by Regina Clarkinia Monopoly: The Too Big To Fail Edition gives us a scenario worthy of SNL on a good Saturday.
(Photo - Night Life (2012) Liz Wash, Installation view)

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Hours: 11 to 7 Mon-Sat, 11 to 5 Sunday

- Dale Hoyt [Sunday, January 22nd, 2012]

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