|Into the Woods (detail), oil and acrylic on found backdrop, 9ftx18ft, 2006|
The exhibition catalog from 2003, Come Forward, Emerging Art in Texas gives a look at the artwork of 11 artists. Reading through the book, the selection of artworks seem to be a fairly mixed grouping of paintings, drawings and sculpture/installation pieces. I didn't find most of the works to be very interesting, although I did recognize the works from a couple of the artists, having seen their artworks in other exhibitions.
I was surprised to discover that one of my own instructors was included in this book: Joey Fauerso.
I really hadn't looked at her work, but had heard a few other students talk about her paintings and her animations.
|The Woods (detail), oil and acrylic on found wallpaper, 20”x155”, 2006|
In the Catalog, several portrait paintings by Joey Fauerso show her subjects with their fingers insterted into nose and mouth. Well executed, but strange! In looking at her current work, the same excellent execution has been applied to figures painted into wallpaper landscapes and theater backdrops and the painted figures that make up her animations.
I know the work of Robert Pruitt from an exhibition at the Austin Museum of Art in 2002 as part of the 22 to Watch: New Art in Austin. The work of Robert Pruitt deals with images of Black Identity.
|Two Sisters (no date)|
If I were to judge from the catalog, I am not sure how much I would have enjoyed this exhibition.
The artworks are not that compelling and I probably wouldn't have spent much time in the gallery.
Reading this online review of the exhibit, I guess I'm not alone in this thought.
I'm not sure that I could exactly recommend that everyone rush out and look at this book. I do know that I recommend that it can be informative to see where an artist started and to see where their work has progressed to over a course of time. As art students, we need to see that our art will change and see that the work of other artists may become something completely different after a couple of years. I think that is why it is important to study in different media even if you know what you want to do.
Looking at the work of emerging new artists is something that I try to do on a regular basis. Of course I get to see quite a bit of new artwork here in our own gallery here at the school and by looking into the studios and visiting with friends to see what they are up to and how their work progresses.
- Michael Whisenhunt