Sunday, May 13, 2012
Materialistic Intentions at the PRØVE
With the Homegrown Music and Art Festival behind us, it was back to business for the PRØVE Gallery at 21 N. Lake Avenue with the Collective's sixth show titled Materialistic Intentions. It was another nice exhibit with some pretty exciting pieces by a variety of artists. Their showbill described it an "international showcase of art that embraces and speaks through the materials that comprise the exhibition." I personally found much of the work exciting, but would like to have a little more information about the artists without having to ask. Nevertheless, I mean it when I say there were some exciting things happening.
The distribution of the 31 objects and paintings is comfortable throughout and the lighting bright for easy engagement.
On the left wall a set of Bouquets from Grandmas, again by Amada, led the way to several pieces by Aaron Kloss. Kloss, a recent addition to several local galleries, has been painting small and medium sized canvases with paint daubs, usually trees and sky, a form of large-brush pointillism. His paintings have been selling, perhaps because there is a comforting quality in the colors. At this show he took his stylized approach into a new direction by combining painting with tapestry. I found it an interesting divergence from his other work and liked the piece very much as it replicated something I attempted to execute many years ago but with less success.
Josh Ostroff's large paintings on wood panels carried a forcefulness that belied the simplicity of their designs.
The paintings gave me the repressed tension of a Francis Bacon exhibit I once attended in New York. I was told that not all of Ostroff's work was about conflict but that the gallery collective found these pieces especially interesting. I agreed.
The show included works by Jon Billing (the Tower in the window), Kevin Bierbaum, Jon Billing, Maia Berzenadze, Shane Warren, Emily Newman (no relation, though I like her initials in addition to her work), Haley Prochnow, John Adamiak, Jeanine Malec, and Karen Searle, in addition to those mentioned above.
The wine and beer tasted good, with a suitable ambiance created again by the Crunchy Bunch. Not sure what's in store for June, but catch it if you cane.