Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue.
Aaron Rose, the independent curator of this show, is mostly known in connection with the smart art magazine ANP Quarterly and the travelling exhibition Beautiful Losers, a point of view on spontaneous art movements born in different youth environments such as skateboarding and hip hop and also the synthesis of work Mr.Rose has done in almost ten years as curator of the NYC Alleged Gallery.
Ari Marcopoulos’ black and white photos are a display of sensuous equilibrium: the artist, born in Netherlands and established in New York in 1979 worked as an assistant for Andy Warhol, his long-time interest, active involvement in street culture and collaboration with hip-hop artists (Run DMC, Beastie Boys et al.) establish him as one of the godfathers of the street-wise movement Rose is championing.
Ryan McGinley, Jake Sleeping, 2007
Another highlight of the show is Ryan McGinley, photographer, with a portentous ability to capture youthful bliss and energy: his subjects even when portrayed in the middle of a social activities and recreational context, rarely seem to document a specific space, time or cultural movement but are suspended in an almost magical aura of intense presence, “being there”.
Barry McGhee creates an assault to the perception with his colourful kitschy op-art patterns whereas Ed Templeton loses and opportunity with its “Eulogy for lost saliva” that looks like a sentimentalist and naïve montage of photographic souvenirs from loving couples.
Phil Frost, Swamp Bucket, 2008
Philp Frost paintings are intricate webs of colours and basic shapes that remind an obsessive and amphetamines driven version of psychedelic poster art from the sixties, very exciting.
Clare E. Rojas, Untitiled, 2008
Clare E. Rojas’ work looks like cutely folksy, just like the re-enactment of the visual heritage of a long forgotten shamanistic culture. The title of the show refers to a superstition, it’s a elements that should be to carried to a marriage to attract good fortune and the allusion is poignant: this breed of ultra-hip US art has come of age and has settled down. Now it’s time to see if they will follow the path of nostalgic enchantment or that of wilder vital attitude.
Something Old, Something New,Something Borrowed, Something Blue.
Date: February 20th – March 30th 2008
Place: Marella Gallery
Address: Via Lepontina, 8, 20159 Milano, Italy
Text: Francesco Tenaglia
Photos: courtesy Marella Gallery