Art Letter (12/11/09)
I wish I’d bought Juan Angel Chavez’s “rookie card.” This guy is hot! For 6 years he’s been on my radar, a damned good artist who keeps surpassing one’s expectations. In another breakthrough blowout Juan gets more complex, contemplative, embracing, profound, humble and humorous all in one show - at Linda Warren Gallery. In this body of work Juan is inspired by the homeless; their lives and sights (what they see). It’s beautiful, compassionate and informed.
In Linda Warren’s Project Space Shannon Kerrigan shows her girly-strong curlycue flowers of roughcut and welded steel - often used to brand paper repeatedly., Searing the surfacing. The paper is both burned and resilient.
Seeing the group of works (they are paintings, though their strength lies in their dissimilarity to paintings) in Angel Otero’s show, opening Saturday at Kavi Gupta, confirms the rumors of his exciting ability. After Miami no pieces are available. Good for the artist, the gallery and an indication that the art world is coming back on multiple levels.
Each of these shows impress in their own way.
For a rousing end to a year of provocative and groundbreaking exhibitions and works of art take in Wesley Kimler’s “Holiday Party” next weekend.
Here’s to Happy Holidays and a Bright New Year for All,