Capsule Reviews

Our critics survey the local art scene

 

Super 8 The kids were at it again. For one night only, the art collective Oh6 exhibited their work in the gallery at South Side on Lamar. Yet far different from your usual pristine and ruminative gallery space, the setting was more a fusion of Warhol's Factory and the Dollar Store. The limits were strict, the prices small and the work eye-catching and clever. Virtually all of the pieces of art were 8" x 8" and would set you back a mere $44 or $88. With the exception of Raychael Stine's transparent and colored plastic boxes containing cartoon animal-decked codices, most pieces were flat and square. While the young members of this artist coop work in various media--sculpture, collage, painting and photography--their collective reason for being is working and forcing the flat picture plane anew. John Ryan Moore manifests a personal fetish for '80s painting culture by way of several matte-black panels, each willfully embellished as if by chance with a stencil-derived colored drip. Sara Ishii delights in a fetish slightly more Freudian in tenor and recognizable to many--a foot fetish. Van Gogh meets Manolo Blahnik in her work as what first appear to be abstract swirling blobs of brown, white and yellow give way to the backside of a dazzlingly woozy lady's pump. In "Pin-up Plex #5," Pollyana Perez rethinks the Vargas girl in plastic, opaque and brightly colored small-scale splendor. Look out, though--these mini-women look more like Daddy in drag than Mommy in the kitchen. The more perverse the better. Kevin Todora makes splendid photos of photos, an eye here and nose there. At Todora's hand and click of the shutter, objects and form seem to melt and disappear before your eyes. Other artists showing included Jerry Commandante, Shelby Cunningham, Hang Dang, Tricia Eliot, Amy Halko, Adam Kobetich and Erica Spurgeon. With a dada-esque name like "Oh6," this burgeoning and smart art group is not out to propound deep and serious meaning. Rather, they're here to bear the new wave of artistic form and provocation, meaningful or not. Being a nomadic group, they thrive on instability. That said, the use of the first-floor gallery space at South Side on Lamar for the December 15 event was not as successful as their last show at the neighboring casket factory. With a live DJ pumping out cool tunes, however, the group successfully staged reality and art, interaction and installation, in ways otherwise foreign to Dallas. For more information, see www.oh6.org. (Charissa N. Terranova)

 
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