July 29, Western Exhibitions opens two new group shows, "Paintallica"
in the main gallery and an artist book show, "Experiences
and Activities" in the Drawing Room, with a free public reception
from 6 to 9pm. These shows will run through August 26th, and gallery
hours are Wednesday-Saturdays, 12-6pm.
installation view, Easter 2004
Paintallica is a roving collaborative group of artists founded
and directed by Dan Attoe, Jamie Boling and Bill
Donovan. The sole mission of Paintallica is to mold random crap
into something cool. Paintallica shows, influenced heavily by pop
culture, incorporate drawing, painting, sculpture plus things, as
well as stuff. Their materials come from Wal-Mart, lumberyards and
garbage bins and their members from all over. For their show at Western
Exhibitions, the men and women of Paintallica will utilize the talents
of a video artist, a cartoonist, an editor of a nudist magazine, a
ceramicist/Iraq war vet, a video game designer and a Fulbright scholar/designer,
among other trained artists. Four of them ride Harleys. There is no
predetermined direction to a Paintallica installation, which always
start with a drawing session, followed by a trip to get supplies,
then an all-nighter of alchemy. The resulting collection of artifacts
easily fills a space and often incorporates the gallery walls, ceiling
and floor. Some elements are site specific and some exist independently.
the Paintallica manifesto:
be fooled though, we don't give a shit about your art, your politics
or your whiny, black-horn rimmed, Prada-wearing ass.
We are Paintallica
installation view, Halloween 2005
Experiences and Activities shows artist books ranging from coloring
books to a pop-up book about Jack the Ripper to a diarist account of
working on Christo's "The Gates".
Hall & Chrissy Leggio's "Slaves of Christo" recounts
their experiences as $6.25-an-hour wage slaves toiling on the installation
crew for Christo and Jean-Claude's Central Park installation, "The
Gates." Angee Lenard contributes "The Lennards: An
Upper Middle Class Social History" a heavily researched (with
detailed bibliography!) coloring book narrating her family history
amidst the backdrop of the cultural shifts of the late 20th and early
21st century. Patricia McFadden's pop-up book on Jack the Ripper
combines whimsical drawings, interactive three-dimensional elements,
and original text written in iambic pentameter with the gruesome exploits
of the legendary murderer. Kristen Romaniszak's autobiographical
comic books also marry whimsy with disgust, as she details her experience
with a tapeworm; her dream about losing her lower lip; various body
odors; and a log of drawings depicting 30 days of bowel movements.
In Becky Suss' coloring book, "Swell", pages zoom
in and out on a tight cluster of cartoonishly drawn houses. Flipping
the book fast causes the images to pulsate, like a wave or, well,
The Lennards: An Upper Middle Class Social History
The Lennards: An Upper Middle Class Social History (detail)