A R T   L E T T E R

The Timely Magazine of Art

#3 <previous/ next> Artletter index April 15, 1995

Core Fellows at the Glasssell school                          ends 4/23

Amber Eagle's photographs give you cake icing, which you know, but then
there's this hellacious interior psycho-drama, technically seamless.-Giles

Core Fellows at the Glasssell school	4/23

Amber Eagle's imagery is incredably dumb-like a prom girl getting into
David Lynch or like album cover art.-Jeff Elrod

Jesus Moroles at McClain gallery	5/8

Nature gives a simple slab of granite more endearing qualities than Moroles
ever will. I can only conclude that his work makes wonderful, designey
paperweights and doorstops for those without enough cash to buy a
Noguchi.-Louise Cranston

Art Guys: Think Twice at the CAM	6/25

The Art Guys have some really strong, heavy pieces, like Goatee Off:
Manifest Destiny postage stamps and Ashes of the American Flag
Rearranged into Three Other Easily Recognizable Symbols, but the static
objects like the bottles, the pencils and all the bats covered with stuff are
too easy, and undermine the heavy work which is saying something above
and beyond the formal observation of the world we live in. I have a problem
with the way they frame everything and plaque everything. It makes me not
buy a lot of this work, because its presented in a crafty way. Heavy
anarchistic ideas candy coated. The Art Guys blur the lines between
entertainment and art. Is art entertainment? Let's define that.-Jeff Elrod

Art Guys: Think Twice at the CAM	6/25

The Art Guys use traditional tricks: surprising formal combinations,
punning, moustaches, and viewer participation, but without the nihilism of
Dada or Fluxus. Their earlier work seems more interested in taking an
actively critical stance versus the museum/gallery system, using ornate
frames and gold plaques to art-ize various insignificant items. The best
piece of this type is the framed receipt which records the cost of it's own
frame. My favorite pieces are the ones which actually manipulate the real
world, like Bulk Up for CAM, Pennies from Heaven, and On Guard. A lot of the
works (the pencils, baseball bats, toothbrushes and birdhouses) are cute
art-toys which look like too much work to be really fun.-B.D.

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