CINDERS PROJECTS PRESENTS – DECADE OF DECADUNCE
JULY 2014 – pop-up exhibit at DOSSIER SEAPORT – SOUTH STREET SEAPORT, NYC
damn, if the landscape painters & photographers . .
don’t seem too thrilled about where we are heading, either.
DIANE BARCELOWSKY, ‘Town at Dusk’. ($450)
this seemed to be a happy rural point of view, but that winding black road – is UN-NERVING.
I mean the little house with the sweet bay window – has a sweet smile. but that road is damn near frightening. I mean paved roads are black, but still . . and maybe that’s the . . point.
from across the room, the trees look to be . . tears.
and that was pretty much – the happiest view – in the room !!
ALEX LUCAS, ‘untitled’, ink, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, silkscreen. ($3,500)
as ALEX LUCAS, made pretty clear.
with his unhappy scenario.
and yes, I do mean . . PRETTY. beautifully rendered.
shades of a masterpiece murder mystery, a car accident – global violence, or just entropy ?
the civilized world as we knew it.
going, going, gone.
‘N’ is for . . NANCY ?
‘JR’ is for .. JR ?
this bit reminds me of the news photos that followed upon that huge deadly tidal wave tsunami in Japan & the nuclear disaster swiftly following – that showed ancient markers along the coast – that actually read: DO NOT BUILD HERE.
CHERYL DUNN, ‘TEEN SEX’, digital c print, edition of 7. ($1,000)
you know what they say, a photo is worth . . a thousand words.
you can almost feel the ‘lost’ sperm, the spilt yellow seed . . oozing out of the condom, somewhere on the ground hidden behind the small rocks / unhappy images do come to mind, ‘KIDS’, ‘KENT PARK’.
RACHEL SUMPTER, ‘Igloo’, gouache on paper. ($1,300)
the future world tribal – vision ?
with shards of colored light, tinkling overhead in a cold sky.
how ghostly ?
impossible to photograph – ghostly, and ethereal.
though, dig that EXIT sign, for sure.
so there is serendipity – still, in the cards ?
or at the very least, in the act . . searching.
note: the twirling footpaths, like ribbons.
strange and haunting, a good case for: ART.
JOHN ORTH, ‘Fountains of embers sucked into the night’. ($200 ea.)
while JOHN ORTH . . plays the opposite card – the ‘graphic’ card.
but also making a good case for: ART.
so graphic and yet so also: haunting. ethereal.
full of mystery, but I’m sad to say, not much: promise.
also very Brit: graphic turn of the century Romanticism.
fairy tales and illustration.
and lays it down . . without a doubt.
it’s a dark road, the color tone – sets the tone – message.
just step back, there’s a bottom row . .
fairy tales and goth illustration. yep, so Brit.
there are . . figures entwined in the landscape.
they are naked, and they are seeking shelter under a huge man-made roof of burning embers, amidst sadly falling snow in an endless cold night.
wow, looks they could be doing the last dance: the humanity huddle.
as the last embers . . get sucked into the night.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH