I didn’t actually head out to see this show while it was up–partially because I have been more social and less frantic on my trips to the city, and also because I’m weary of placing too much value on seeing shows in New York. (There was a time when I loved it too much, and then it got boring). Anyway, I feel that I missed out in not seeing this work in person.
I admire its breadth, even though I thought the drawing-collages looked a little thin and sloppy. I also want this person in my art family because they seem to be thinking a lot about trappings of a certain time and class– gilt frames and salon style hangings. There seems to be a kind of desire in setting the chairs next to the painting– or at least it’s a simple gesture that 1) creates a palpable distance between the painting and the chairs and 2) makes me want to sit there! Ostensibly I’m not allowed to, and that would make me think of how I am not a part of this class that Syed references.
With the salon style paintings, I like them because they seem playful. The tiger paintings really bring up some humor, and are rich with associations with exoticism and colonial relations (also tied to the rocket ship, perhaps?). This work has given me a lot to think about!