Reviews

critical analysis of visual & performing arts

Review: The Toxic Avenger

Musical theater has, as of late, taken some strange turns. Movies beget musicals that beget musical movies, but none, thus far, have been as surprising as “The Toxic Avenger,” based on the cult classic film [...]...

Review: Observed Imagined Abstracted

“Observed Imagined Abstracted” At Hiram Butler Gallery January 14 - February 25, 2012, three different approaches to landscape painting make for an intriguing show of small works that ask us to reflect on our interactions with the Earth [...]...

Review: Jade Walker at Lawndale Art Center

As the exhibition title, “Contact,” implies, Jade Walker’s current installation in the large John O’Quinn gallery space at Lawndale Art Center is suggestive of a contact sport. Like her earlier work, the objects assembled in “Contact” [...]...

Review: “Pretty Dark” Shorts Showcase

When I think about “dark,” in a general context of genre, my expectation is more often than not, weight or heavy handedness. Filmmakers exploring violence can fall into the trap of excess, and those interested in mystery lean on abstraction or purposeful incoherence, a la Lynch derivatives [...]...

Works of Note: November 2011

“Ana Seranno: Salon of Beauty” Rice Gallery September 29 – December 11, try 2011 Ana Serrano’s “Salon of Beauty” romanticizes the urban environment with ...