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Topic: Visual Arts

Rants & Raves - A Review of Melissa Farris' "Happy Cannibals" at Material Art Space

Posted by Sarah Knowles on December 13th, 2012

Whimsical, pastel frames and delicate brush stroke and color choice may, upon first glance, disguise the humorously grotesque imagery that appears in Melissa Farris’s smaller-scale paintings in her show Happy Cannibals.  Paralleling the frames, the paintings seem as though they should belong in a baby’s nursery, with an almost kitschy vibe, some including images of innocent lambs. However, upon further investigation, the viewer begins to notice these paintings are not at all devised from a nursery rhyme. read more »

Topics: Melissa Farris, Happy Cannibals, Material Art Space, Visual Arts, Rants & Raves Review

Rants & Raves - A Review of Maysey Craddock's "forest for the trees" at David Lusk Gallery

Posted by Sarah Knowles on December 11th, 2012

The opening night of Maysey Craddock’s show Forest for the Trees at David Lusk Gallery was filled, nearly to the brim, with life and conversation amidst Craddock’s paintings—this was no surprise, as there is much excitement in this show.  Craddock utilizes found brown paper bags as the surface for her relatively large gauche paintings; though they do vary in size, each panting uniquely captures her methodical, intricate and considered use of line, color, and layers.  The surface’s origin—found, brown paper bags—is evident and embraced, with the ... read more »

Topics: Maysey Craddock, Painting, David Lusk Gallery, Visual Arts, Forest for the Trees, Rants & Raves Review