Tim Hawkinson

So, how about this for art that’s been around for ages but I somehow haven’t seen:

Humongolous

“Humongolous” 1995.

Link to Ace Gallery

The online gallery has a few from this series and several images that I really enjoyed. The collection overall though, is pretty inconsistent. While on the one hand the variety is a refreshing show of an artist who manages to remain free to do a lot of different things, it also looks a bit like a failure to edit. I’ve had damn near a student a semester who wanted to do a hands onto the fingers of other hands onto the fingers of other hands… in intro to Photoshop… Perhaps my perspective is tainted. Eeek. That said, I love the combination of fleshiness with awkwardness and clumsiness in the figurative works. I even appreciate the figurative sculptures that tend toward that vein over the others. I also think the large works on paper, like “Wall Chart of World History from Earliest Times to the Present” are a nice addition to the micro/macro, quasi-biological obsessive drawing genre. I’ve seen enough people take their work that direction that, yeah, I called it a “genre”. But, I haven’t seen many that I enjoy as much as these.

html painting

I’m not sure where I’ve been hiding – because apparently Chris Ashley has been making paintings in html for a while now – but I only came across them recently. I think they’re an eloquent expression of visual art in a new-media public forum (the interweb). Sure, it’s part that I’m a sucker for certain kinds of formal work. But, I like them for the that and also as a nod to the post- minimal, color field, etc. inheritance. And, then, it’s nice that within a whole discourse on what makes art “art”, and so on, that this:

ashley.gif

and this:

ashleycode.gif

are the exact same thing.

Link to more: chrisashley.net

Link to the artist’s blog: look, see

Intro

So, this is what I do – I make art work that’s more or less a joke that nobody else gets.

The Four Moose of the Lesser Known Apocalypse

The Four Moose of the Lesser Known Apocalypse

I also teach art at a community college in some relative proximity to DC. My students don’t get my jokes either.