by Laszlo Q. V. St-J. Xalieri
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Beaming you sights and sounds from the streets and environs of Portland, Oregon. Or wherever else I happen to be.
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is it therefore fashionable art?.. a glance at your last.fm list is interesting -'sleep with me'. 'suffocate me'... hmmm.....
Some of the art at this show was, I have to say it, really really weak. Nothing challenging at all. Stuff the kind of people who would revel in getting cheap cosmetic surgery or leasing a convertible Mercedes sports coupe would buy and take home, I imagine -- or at least I get the impression that's what they were thinking. It was a sidewalk crafts show with larger pieces and larger price tags. And I feel really awful for saying that. While individual pieces were better than others and individual artists were better than others, the overall selection seemed aimed to insult the attendees. Or maybe it gauged them correctly and I shouldn't have been there.Also Saks 5th Avenue's upcoming spring line has a lot of fall colors in it for some reason. Yellows and earthtones. If you need cooler colors or anything bright to go with your skintone, your only choice from them is in their line of evening wear. Animal prints apparently will not be going away anytime soon, but all the lines were softer, which made it easier to take, and sucked some of the wind out of some of the recent hard-lined 80s revival stuff I've been seeing and not really enjoying. The shapes and movement of their selections were very attractive, however, and a nice choice of fabrics, weighted heavily (if I can say that) towards diaphanous and sheers. The emphasis on animal prints went well with the craft-show feel of the art displays.ITunes on the jukebox machine seems to have found a setting opposite to the "Genius" button. Apparently I dropped the mouse and it's been swinging repeatedly into the wall. Not that there's anything wrong with Angelfish (or the sentiments of their music) in moderation....[*]
An artichoke? Yeah...okay. It amazes me sometimes, the work that gets shown.
Sorry for the blur. Mostly it's a low-light problem. Both of these paintings were more or less children's book illustration clear -- and had all of the personality and charm of such. The horse painting could be yours for low four figures, and the lovely artichoke is for sale at $700.[*]
Uh...I don't think so. I've had gallery shows, and every time, I've been rather astonished at some of the work which gets shown, as it's on, as you say, children's book illustration level. Well, bad children's book illustration level. ;)