Sunday, July 24, 2011
Thoughts on recent exhibitions
In addition to the amazing Stein Collection and the Picasso retrospective in San Francisco Museums, I accompanied a friend visiting from out of town to the Impressionist exhibitions at the Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento: Landscapes from the Age of Impressionism, Transcending Vision–American Impressionism, Gardens and Grandeur–Porcelains and Paintings by Franz A. Bischoff. It surprisingly lead me to consider other glaze treatments of the inside of the tea cup work in progress. The exhibition of 3-D trompe l'oeil canvases of manufactured packaging by Daneil Douke was thought provoking. He is essentially making mock up paintings which at a distance look real, but when you get up close, you can see the hand work. This is similar to the effect of my ceramic trompe l'oeil pieces (without the narrative or scale twists). He could easily have produced his work in a slicker fashion. The fact that the medium is paint on canvas, the viewer can see the stretcher bars by his leaving the back of the box open, and unevenness of hand lettering, Douke shows his desire to allow the viewer into the process. He toys with deception while "challenging our assumptions about reality and artiface."