Please, Whatever You Do, Do Not Look at This Blog Post

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If you’ve been out and about maybe you’ve seen these controversial posters hanging in different places.  It’s just our little way of being funny, I guess — not taking the whole thing too seriously.  But we do take this incredible show very seriously.  Tomorrow (Sunday, April 22, 2012), we’ll be installing “Reverse Psychology:  Katherine Michael & David Rizzo,” and we’re totally psyched (pun definitely intended) about the way these works go together and also split apart from each other in wondrous ways.  Katherine’s work has the simplicity and grace of storybook illustrations fused with the ingenuity of day-dreams.  Her cut-outs and paintings can come off like Salvador Dali cereal boxes or Pop Art paper-dolls, all that without ever being kitsch or cute.  The randomness of her choices prevents that from happening.  In each one of her works, there’s a thoughtfulness in the way she executes the imagery as well:  you can almost feel the sparkle in her eyes in each of the paintings.  They have their own sorts of rules of engagement.  David’s work is a little more introspective and sly, as if he is trying to figure huge philosophical questions by using visual short-cuts.  The results are intergalactic and slightly creepy, illustrations found in encyclopedias from other planets.  He gets loose a little with the paint and design, and yet all of his works have a formal, poetic sense of composure and closure.  Katherine is humming pop songs with the radio in her car after grocery shopping; David is at a poetry reading, getting ready to go on stage.  But they both seem to be reading one another’s thought in completely serendipitous and even joyous ways.  As we install the show I’m sure we’ll find a lot of mysterious connections and contradictions coming from their works.  That’s the fun part of getting all psychological. 

Hope to see you Friday April 27, 2012, 6 pm for the reception. 

Or better yet:  please don’t show up. 

Katherine Michael

Katherine Michael

David Rizzo

David Rizzo

David Rizzo

Katherine Michael

Katherine Michael

Katherine Michael

David Rizzo

David Rizzo

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