ARTnews Review By Sharon Mizota | October 2010
Curated by artist Kerry James Marshall, this group exhibition dispensed with a unifying theme in favor of thought provoking connections. Featuring 32 works by six artists of varying ages and backgrounds, the show proceeded in two main directions:
An exploration of the sensual side of abstraction and a sampling of contemporary approaches to figuration.
Among the abstract works, David Lozano’s carefully orchestrated paintings blended sinuous pours of shiny resin with sequins and elaborate patterning to camouflage close-ups of bodies engaged in sex acts. The works curving lines and brilliant hues were echoed in Candida Alvarez’s juicy acrylic on canvas abstractions, which evoked the flavors and colors of the various foodstuffs for which they were named. Both bodies of work brought out the sensuality in Luis Serrano’s more sober but no less visceral works, impressively detailed forest landscapes with dense, allover textures.
On the figurative side, both Robert Pruitt and Suné Woods tinged their portraits with surreal touches. Pruitt’s drawings of everyday people featured incongruous, often humorous science-fiction references. In Tesla Coil (2009), a woman sports a spiraling, improbably high hairdo and a T-shirt with a superhero-like lightning bolt. Another work featured two women in choir robes with what seemed to be Star Trek insignias.. By contrast, Wood’s work had a slightly sinister tone. Her moody black-and-white photographs of figures alone in the wilderness evoked both the dark side of fairy tales and a contemporary sense of desolation. Stacy Mohammed’s tender portraits of Christian figures reached for the other worldly in a more traditional yet still potent way.