Thursday, January 6, 2011

Marie Thibeault's Drawings - "Compilation"

Marie Thibeault's powerful and muscular abstracted drawings will be shown for 1 night only from 7 - 9 PM at the Post Gallery, 1904 East 7th Place, LA, CA, 213/488-1280. This will occur Sunday, 1/9/11.

Marie & I have both taught at CSULB since 1989, & she taught at both Alfred University in New York, & at Humboldt State in northern California prior to coming to Long Beach. Marie has an MFA degree in Drawing & Painting from the University of CA, Berkeley & her mainly black & white drawings allude to both man-made grid structures & biologically dense linear networks that intertwine with them.

As for the notion of the "Kamikaze" show, I think that generally, (especially for those of us who make fragile art on paper), it seems a questionable idea, that benefits mostly the gallery owner. I believe that the notion might hover around novelty, coupled with the frission afforded by the similarity to the University "critique" format. Of course, one can't escape the fact that most sales usually occur on the opening night of an exhibition. Ergo, to generate more sales, this somewhat one-sided strategy has started to develop. The politics of the marketplace.

I would posit that in order to contemplate, absorb & connect with work in a meaningful way, the viewer (this one anyway) requires a quiet & prolonged meditation with it, not a frenetic & hurried glance that (if one is lucky) occurs at a crowded networking fest at an opening. That said, I grant you, these are economically tough times to endure, & perhaps the only way an independently funded space can exist is to host these blitzkrieg openings. Sigh.

Since 9/09, Post Gallery has been hosting these solo exhibitions, one per night, based on a lottery-style drawing among the selected artists. Noah Thomas (who has former CSULB connections) follows Marie on 1/24/11, & two of my former students, Matt Ohm & Kristi Lippiere have also had their work shown the requisite 3 hours in the past.

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