Sunday, February 01, 2009

Get out and go!

It's far too easy to sit in my house, 'East of the River' as they call it in this town and hibernate, so it's good (nay, GREAT) to have friends like Sean with whom to see shows such as the Anthony Pontius show atProject 4 Gallery.
First, their new space is *insane*. It's just gorgeous. Just watch the tall Margaret Boozer piece to your right as you enter. I'm guess it's going to have to be permanent now. I also urge you to view it as close as you can from the balcony of the 2nd floor of the gallery so you can see how delicate it is.
Love it.
Anthony Pontius' work is exciting and evocative. It has this great feeling of a flickering film frame with all the dust and visual noise common in an old strip with some really well mastered painting techniques. Particularly the eyes which all have a very well executed roundness and sense of life. Also in this show are the teeeeny tiny studies for each of the larger works- there's one study that I fins slightly more exciting than the actual piece, but I urge you to go. It's a great show and the new(ish) digs at project 4 should be checked out too. I can't wait to go to a show there in the spring.

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