Since I survived the Rapture, I decided to make a quick trip down the street to West Side Arts since lately the group updates and event invitations have been crowding my facebook feed. Even though the west side has more contemporary galleries, I had yet to find one that speaks to my taste. Well, the search is over. Will Schaff, you are a dream. I spent several minutes mesmerized by his mixed media piece called “I Love You But..” (Here is the link to see it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/samsa1973/5710993550/in/set-72157626726958780/) I wish I had the cash to buy it tonight. This alone is a rare occurrence since I haven’t had “wish I had the cash for this” urge in a several weeks. His work has a graphic strength that I found completely original. His work definitely talked to me sweetly, played with my hair, and bought me a strong drink.
The work by the other two artists, Travis Mullen and Stephen Brunelli, were also strong. Brunelli’s work had an outsider feel with a touch of playful at times. It was clear that the artists weren’t look to create something so pretentious that it prevented a connection with the viewer. Some of Travis Mullen’s work featured a stencil of a stag layered with other elements which I liked because of his merging of ideas. Paint, stencil, words, I thought they were unique and complimented the the show adding a more muted color palette to the circus of color. As an added bonus, anyone who couldn’t find his work had his young son, who was there to point out where his dad’s work was in the room.
Also, It was the perfect sized space and a decent turnout for the hour I was there, though it seemed to still be mostly family and close friends. Overall, it was a mixed media powerhouse show and the perfect way to celebrate the Rapture.