Critic’s Pick: “We’ll All Make Out Better Than Okay” /

“We’ll All Make Out Better Than Okay” CHARLOTTE STREET FOUNDATION 1000 W. 25th Street October 25–December 20 A giant white gym sock covering a robotic arm that once functioned in a Detroit auto-manufacturing plant speaks in a deadening monotone to passersby. He talks about what it’s like to become useless and rambles about other topics […] Critic’s Pick: MOUNT @ Haw Contemporary KCMO

Kansas City “Mount” HAW/CONTEMPORARY 1600 Liberty September 13–November 2 Donna Huanca, Cuban Rebels (The Last Supper), 2007, fabric on canvas, 8’ 4” x 11’ 7”. In this group exhibition, curator Peregrine Honig channels the historically romanticized American cowboy, positioning him as one who mounts but never rides. John Woods’s three-hundred-pound Marbles and Coins from MacArthur Park, 2008, is the show’s literal […]

Critic’s Pick: Abigail DeVille at Iceberg Projects /

Abigail DeVille ICEBERG PROJECTS 7714 N Sheridan Road April 13–June 1, 2013 If “X” marks the spot, and three Xs mean “poison, do not drink,” the seven Xs that make up the title of Abigail DeVille’s exhibition suggest a marking of double the poison, plus one drop for location. The socioeconomics of place are at the […]

Critic’s Pick: Dutes Miller’s “In the Garden” /

  Dutes Miller’s queer utopia is a romp through Adam and Steve’s Garden of Eden. “In the Garden” presents the gallery-as-landscape peppered with clusters of oddly sexualized finger-fungi outgrowths harvesting on patches of fake grass, blotched-out images of vintage gay porn models, and BDSM hooks for hanging bodies. Miller uses craft-oriented materials such as pink […]

Critic’s Pick: Gilad Ratman at Aspect Ratio Gallery /

Gilad Ratman ASPECT RATIO 119 N Peoria #3D September 21–October 26 In Israeli artist Gilad Ratman’s five-minute, single-channel video The Days of the Family of the Bell, 2012, ten shaking bodies morph into a variety of temporary organic formations. Through this work, Ratman suggests our human dependence on one another regardless of the pain incurred from moments […]

Critic’s Pick: Rodney Graham at Donald Young Gallery /

Rodney Graham 10.23.08 AUTHOR: ALICIA ELER 10.10.08-11.14.08 Donald Young Gallery In his sixth solo show at this gallery, Canadian conceptualist Rodney Graham continues to curiously rework historical moments. Rotary Psycho-Opticon (all works 2008), a replica of a sculpture used by the band Black Sabbath, combines the illusory, dizzying effects of 1960s Op art with an acid-trip-inspired bicycle ride. […]

Critic’s Pick: John Opera at Andrew Rafacz Gallery /

In his new body of work, the Chicago-based photographer John Opera skillfully and conspicuously leaps from landscape to abstract photography. When creating works in the former category, Opera nearly takes an ironic jab at the genre’s tropes but ultimately smartly reworks his references, particularly in the show’s centerpiece, Zoar, 2006–2008. Shooting from across a meandering stream […]

Critic’s Pick: “Ladylike: A Proper Take on Feminist Art” at Koscielak Gallery /

“Ladylike: A Proper Take on Feminist Art” KOSCIELAK GALLERY 1646 N. Bosworth Ave. June 13–July 31, 2008 Jessica Hannah, Showroom No. 6 (Robot Lady Talking on Phone), 2008. Performance view. One wouldn’t expect an exhibition titled “Ladylike” to present a view of feminism that narrowly focuses on female-identified women artists and thus excludes feminist-inclined men and […]

Critic’s Pick: Tom Denlinger at rowland contemporary /

Tom Denlinger’s thoughtful exhibition—of photographs and a video—challenges notions of the local landscape as bland or static. Denlinger brings to the subject a keen sense of three-dimensional space, the museum context, and representations of landscape in art history. To make Around the Art Institute of Chicago: Seurat, 2006, Denlinger re-created in diorama form a heap of […]