December 16, 2007
ART SOLEDAD SALAME / / 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; noon-5 p.m. Saturday by appointment. Goya Contemporary, 3000 Chestnut Ave., Suite 214. Free. 410-366-2001 or goyacontemporary .com. ....................... Salame's art is a celebration of the beauty and diversity of the natural environment and humanity's collective responsibility for its stewardship. At Goya Contemporary, her recent mixed-media paintings reflect her continuing fascination with the world's watery places and the flora and fauna that inhabit them.
March 14, 2007
Joyce Scott, whose trademark beaded sculptures often address painful issues of race, class and gender served up with a dollop of wry wit, is known for the uninhibited inventiveness of her art. Her new show at Goya Contemporary extends her beadwork ideas into the glass medium, marking a significant evolution in this prolific artist's career. Scott recently spent time at the Pilchuck Glass School in Tacoma, Wash., founded by celebrated glass artist Dale Chihuly. Working with master glassmakers, Scott created an entirely new body of work in blown, lampworked, painted and pressed glass that exploits the whimsical, fanciful qualities of the medium while challenging traditional distinctions between art and craft.
December 21, 2006
Wait, wait, don't tell me! Isn't that a thingamabob? No, I mean a whatchamacallit? A gizmo? Kay Hwang's obsessively controlled drawings of what look like rows of mechanical gadgets or electronics parts, on view at Goya Girl Contemporary, leave you with the strange feeling that somewhere - though, come to think of it, you can't quite remember where - you've seen these things before, whatever they are. They have the deeply familiar look of ordinary things...
August 17, 2006
Spotlighters' one-act plays The lowdown -- In keeping with its commitment to nurture developing theater artists, the Audrey Herman Spotlighters Theatre is presenting two one-act plays staged by young directors. Ian Bonds, an actor with experience directing film, will make his local stage directorial debut with Cherie Vogelstein's Date With a Stranger. The short play concerns an intense, 15-minute relationship that develops between two strangers. And, Kelly Cavanaugh, also a local actor, directs David Campton's The Cagebirds, an allegory about a group of self-absorbed women who are kept under lock and key. If you go -- Showtimes at the Spotlighters, 817 St. Paul St., are 8 p.m. today and Aug. 24, and 2 p.m. Aug. 20 and 27. Tickets are $15. Call 410-752-1225 or visit www.spotlighters.
August 16, 2006
A striped woolen scarf, a pair of oversized hush puppies and some beat-up trousers, each drawn in the deliberately crude style of an underground comic strip, are all stand-ins for the artist in Phillip Guston's confessional self-portrait Studio Corner, on view at Goya Contemporary gallery's summer group show, called Shine On. During the 1950s, Guston (1913-1980) was a leading abstract-expressionist painter. But earlier in his career, he had aspired to be a cartoonist, and after he become disillusioned with abstraction in the late 1960s, he began to portray himself as the truncated, ineffectual stumblebums who wander aimlessly through his late works.
June 7, 2006
Liliana Porter's charming but philosophically fraught visual fantasies, on view at Goya Contemporary gallery, come wrapped in the glittery, bright primary colors one associates with all the good things about childhood, like boxes of chocolates covered in foil or cunningly wrapped Christmas presents under the tree. Indeed, the nominal subjects of Porter's large-format color photographs are mostly children's playthings: tiny figures of princesses, clowns, ballerinas and circus acrobats; stuffed dogs and carved wooden reindeer; porcelain-skinned dolls and other adorable personages that look as if they just emerged from some youngster's toy chest.