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The Brucennial: Piece By Piece (Part 4 of 5)

In case you missed Part 1Part 2, and Part 3, and now onwards.

176. David Carlin – Ready for the wound. Lovely, actually.

177. Aga Olisseinov – Looks like a pagan ritual from The Wild Wild West TV show. Love.

178. Ann Gillan – To paraphrase and twist Bryan Ferry: Just enough is never too much. I want this.

179. Tony Canger – Difficult to look at this and not think of Paris, Texas

180. Kate Pane – If your painting brings to mind one of my favorite Current 93 records, All the Pretty Horses, there’s probably something wrong with you. And I probably really liked your painting. Bonus points for daring: Signing your name with a heart.

181. Zaria Forman – The blue moodiness in this painting is almost impossible. Wonderfully juxtaposed with …

182. Greg Bogin – A rainbow in curved air, man! I have never seen a single painting by this guy I didn’t like. You can’t be too strong. And yeah, I just went from Terry Riley to Graham Parker in a single paragraph. I’m bad ass like Big Daddy Roth.

183. Monika Weiss – In it. The cradle of work.

184. Alan Lupiani – Woulda been better with just one exclamation point. I’m not trying to be funny. I mean it. Here. Like this.

185. Nicole Stone – Visually striking, really smart work; and not without a sense of humor. Really digging the lettering.

186. Alexandria Richards – I can’t imagine this on my wall. Maybe on my floor, but not on my wall. Like, leaning up against my wall.

187. Nicholas Holmes – Genius. Referencing both Milton Bradley and suicide bombers. There goes your funny bone.

188. Bless Tive – Feels like home to me. Also reminds me a little bit of the piece by Leandro Erlich in Creative Time’s Plain of Heaven back in 2005.

189. Arturo Vidich – Ted Kasinsky doggy outhouse. Pressure building.

190. Unknown – 500 LES clothing merchants in a single sculpture.

191. Ray Smith – The line of this is more than a little head-filling. Gives me hope for sculpture.

192. Elliot Arkin – Doesn’t give me hope for sculpture.

193. Aaron Frank – Mayberry on acid.

194. Rory Monaghan – Menacing little fucker.

195. Unknown – This wouldn’t be so much if it wasn’t for what’s going on in the cracks and crevices, but there’s a lot going on there so there’s plenty. Take you time. Find the coin.

196. Maximillian Schubert – Gotta find a category for this category of work that I don’t like. How about Tightly Strewn.

197. Unknown – The lies we tell.

198. Revel Woodard – Heaving trash. Yes!

199. Aaron Young – I wouldn’t agree, but OK.

200. Erin Haldrup– The party’s behind the fence. Outside is disintegration. Yup.

201. Devin Kyle Cuthbertson – Hated this at first. Then spent some time with it. You should too. The devil and all his details are there. History all over you. Megadeth!

202. Alan Lupiani – Better than “FUCK!!!” (see #184). I’m starting to understand the windows he makes though. Like.

203. Dan Colen – God. I love this guy’s work. But does he get tired of people referring to bird shit when they talk about his work because it’s kind of hard to ignore it. Who cares. The way he pulls things down. Nothing but YEAH! And then as soon as you catch that he goes all deep-field on you. And a fine curatorial move it is to put this painting beside the loose George Condo.

204. George Condo – Where are Bowie and Lennon when you need them? Oh, here they are. “Fame. Let’s him loose, hard to swallow.” That’s not a cut. That’s one of the best lines ever written. Don’t think for a moment I’d waste it on a bad painting. Actually, I think this might be my favorite George Condo painting EVER.

205. Amy Gartell – Sweet and goofy paintings/drawings that kept pulling me in. No complaints.

206. Tony Cox – Whimsical and appreciated, but I couldn’t find my way past that. Did dig the photo though, even if it’s aping Ryan McGinley and whoever he was aping.

207. Judy Goldstein – If you’re going to have something approaching collage in this show, it really has to be strong (like the Cuthbertson) to work in the sea of these walls. This doesn’t quite make it.

208. Simon Frazier – On the strength of the paint this rises above its subject matter which may or may not be the WTC. Great sky.

209. Halsey Hathaway – Pretty amazing play on black and blue. It keeps coming at you in the way it recedes. Wow. Abstract AND ironic.

210. Josh Krasner – Don’t play Where’s Waldo with me. Ever.

211. Unknown – This reminds me of the way Wyeth made 85% of a good painting and then distracts me by fucking up the other 15% of it. In other words, I could have done without the floating intestine-like thingies.

212. Rita Ackerman – Art about selling the bones of Michael Jackson just makes me want to listen to the Minutemen’s Political Song for Michael Jackson to Sing which worked as well before MJ’s big slumber as it did after. (Damn. Somehow lost my photo of this one. I did, however, find a great photo of D. Boon on the internets.)

213. Leah Dixon – Man, I liked this, the way it’s put together. Reminded me of the way Jack Whitten can move across a canvas.

214. Bridget Mullen – The amazing craft of this piece slipped right by me until I looked closer. With all the finesse of the main body, it must have been tricky to make the leg on the wall work. Apparently not an issue for Ms. Mullen. Really excellent.

215. Mitchell Marco – Hey! It’s Mitchell Marco again. Not. A. Problem. Always something a bit off emotionally. Love it.

216. Aya Rosen – Caustic. Funny. Beautiful. Mostly the latter two.

217. [email protected] – I’m a sucker for this idea. Yet, never touching. Yearn.

218. Unknown – Makes me think of High On Fire’s Blessed Black Wings, but a gentler version of it. Obviously.

219. Ryan Brown – Oh, these are great. A strong hand and a sense of humor. Couldn’t stop looking.

220. James Fils-Aime – Size doesn’t matter.

221. Elana Scherr – Like I was saying — Size. Not mattering so much. This odd little thing packs a punch that it’s oversized neighbor can’t match.

222. Miguel Brito – Not buying it.

223. Teresa Margolles – Genius. Saw this 20 times before I realized how this was done. The taking away. Vicious. (And probably one of the best works in the show.)

224. Rose Marcus – The colors really grew on me for this one. Wounded and festive.

225. Dennis Letar – Is this the Mosaic Man from the East Village? I mean, it’s not but …

226. Mark Joshua Epstein – Not quite in the pocket. A couple nice moments in the background but then lost.

227. Matt Alie – Hey look! Another Matt Alie. This didn’t make me relive my childhood dreams, but that’s OK. I’m sure this one will make it into my new ones. Six. Feet. Under.

228. Anne Rearick – Wow. She’s really been one of the nice surprises of the show. What a photo.

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Stay tuned … tomorrow is the final installment of “The Brucennial: Piece by Piece”

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