The pristine serenity of his studio space, encompassing the rough, splintery imagery in his paintings, is like a platinum setting of a Tiffany's solitaire engagement ring where the diamond has been discarded and replaced with a jagged collection of shards of glass eyeballs.
Matt Bollinger is a painter-collagist, and his current show at Zürcher Studio, Bed on the Floor, presents three distinct facets and directions in his work. All three bodies of work exude the sadness of a world soaked in loneliness and destitution.
Where other tributes were slight, uneven or unconventional, Urban Rhythms and Dreams of Paradise is the sort of show I had been waiting for: a considerable, fairly balanced and clear celebration of America's greatest collage artist.
This past Friday, I drove to Hamtramck, Michigan, a culturally diverse home to a lot of musicians and fine artists, and it is almost completely surrounded by Detroit. And then I was at my destination: Public Pool.
For all three 2011 - 2012 Artists in Residence -- Njideka Akunyili, Meleko Mokgosi and Xaviera Simmons -- Primary Sources is a big moment; it's a send-off show, concluding their residencies at the museum.
Post 9/11, Kessler's interest in surveillance has always been present in his sculptural work as he fabricated these controlled environments using security cameras and reflective surfaces to alter his subjects.