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Art Letter (6/4/10)

Diaphanous.  I like diaphanous and all that, but there are other things in life. Iím seeing it too much.  Iíd hate to think the rough ní tumble iconography I associate with Chicago would be supplanted by diaphanous.

Iím not suggesting any of the artists discussed cease their exploits, but yeah, if I were a gallery Iíd move on

Thereís a show of strong work at
David Weinberg.  Each of the artists, Rhonda Wheatley, Yvette Kaiser Smith and Marissa Glink are solid on their own. Together, their diaphanous trait is emphasized and their work is lessened - that is, if you are like me and see the works in relationship to one another , even though they arenít in the same room. The good news is that the art looks really good, especially that which benefits from getting seen in the more intimate spaces.

I like seeing the growth in the work of
Heidi van Wierrn and Jerome Powers at Roy Boyd.  Iím told both artists continue to apply their medium, be it van Weirenís inks and paint or Powerís horsehair or graphite, to multiple layers of Elmerís Glue. Iím not sure they are benefitted by being paired. The show feels a touch crowded.  Two different meditations interrupt each other. I was told that Jerome Powers see his pieces as mountain studies and I see them more akin to da Vinci self portraits.  Van Weiren grew up on the other side of Lake Michigan. Her newest pieces are studies of the lake.

Itís a difficult question to answer; whether the artists were better served in the exhibitions above by the juxtaposition and proximity of other artists?. If you were the artist, if you even had a clue about what the other artists art would look like, would you have spoken up?  Thereís a lot of responsibility the artist relinquishes to the gallery. 

Architrouve is the very talented Donna Hapac, whose art I wouldnít have thought of as diaphanous unless the theme was already established.  Though Iíve been following her for years, her work still feels fresh; perhaps naive.  Sheís good new in the way that allows for clunkers to be included. (Artists, if you canít edit, get someone you trust who can!) Here Hapac is paired with Paul Clark. Though the theme goes on, I like the pairing.

Watch out for angels,
Paul Klein


PS:  I donít know if youíve been to Longman & Eagle, a fabulous artbar right off Logan Square. Elegance for the working crowd.  Upstairs is a veritable inn, inaugurating Saturday night with a show of art in the 6 rooms, enable by Harold Arts.  Thereís a worthy opening night benefit. See you there.