Saturday, December 10, 2011

Smokin' SMoca!

Got a chance to visit the Museum of Modern Art in Scottsdale, AZ this past week.  I was super impressed by their current exhibit, artists tell stories (mostly about themselves).  The three artists I was quite taken with in this exhibit were Simon Evans, Andrew Kuo and Deb Sokolow.  Fantastic, text based stuff!  

Simon Evans, Shitty Heaven (detail) 2010
 This is a tiny closeup of Evans' approximately 3'x4' work of paper, whiteout, pen, and tape.  In some of his other works he also used laminate to add depth, very cool stuff.  His work seems the most organic/least planned out of all three artists, something I enjoy.  Also his snarky witticism I can relate to. 

Sokolow seems to be strongly influenced by crime/detective stories, layout design, bookmaking, map making, directing the viewer's eye movement, and self reflection.  Looking at this gigantic work below one kind of gets the feeling you're watching the show Castle.  I love her use of deliberate line combined with casual mark making/self editing.


Deb Sokolow, You Tell People You're Working Really Hard on Things These Days (detail), 2010

 
Deb Sokolow, You Tell People You're Working Really Hard on Things These Days (detail), 2010

I love this stuff, I would kind of define it as a visual thought process.  This is something I can relate to.

Andrew Kuo takes it to the next step and uses his art to make graphs representing his time, whether that be throughout the day, or the time devoted to his thoughts, etc.  Quite awesome, professionally executed stuff.

Andrew Kuo, The (Roughly) Three Hours and Forty Minutes before Finding My Glasses in the Fridge/Today's Problems Were Last Night's Solutions.

Andrew Kuo, The (Roughly) Three Hours and Forty Minutes before Finding My Glasses in the Fridge/Today's Problems Were Last Night's Solutions (detail bottom center)


These three artists seem to document a period of devoted time, all three with different levels of humor and intent.  The curator did a fantastic job.  This show at SMoca is stellar, very happy to have attended.

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