Warm Up the Skinny Jeans, Kids – Art to Check Out This Weekend! 3/09-3/11

For the second week in a row my recommendation is split by the bay.  Some feasible public transportation would make seeing both exhibits so much easier.  Have you ever tried taking the bus from Pinellas to Hillsborough?  It’s a perilous journey that could last days or even weeks.  Please just drive in your car to both shows – I don’t want to hear a month from now that you’re camping out on the Courtney Campbell.

Tempus Projects – VISIBLE/INVISIBLE   Fri 3/09  7pm-10pm

Tempus Projects has been busy with two receptions in the space of a week.  This Friday the art space shifts to the multidisciplinary work of three artists.  Kurt Piazza’s moody high-contrast video art is somehow at once slick and gritty. This makes for the kind of ambiguous image-play that can make video work particularly engaging.  The abstract painting of Edgar Sanchez Cumbas will also be featured at the exhibit.  Past work, though thoroughly abstract, seem to imply a hint of a whisper of figuration (yeah, that subtle).  Cumbas’ current work that will be displayed departs a bit from his past paintings.  Large hard-edged fields of color cover the canvas as if Cumbas cleared a space to begin working or is covering over work he has already done.   Daniel Williams is an artist working out of my hometown of C-Water (as we all affectionately call Clearwater, though it’s confusing because it sounds like “sea water”).  I don’t know as much as I should about Williams – a good reason to head to the exhibit.  From what I can gather, his work is generally mixed media with strong geometric abstraction that would definitely look at home over at BOOOOOOOM.  You may have seen some of his recent work at The Bricks in Ybor.  Any of these artists alone is worth the visit to this trusty Seminole Heights gallery, but the interplay between the three of them is what will make the show.

Salt Creek Artworks – Dual Show: Steven Kenny “Layers of Intention” and Kirk Ke Wang “Last Meal”    Fri 3/09  6pm-9pm

I knew the name Kirk Ke Wang sounded familiar.  It isn’t because he’s a professor at Eckerd College or his various shows at major galleries and museums – I walk past his studio every time I need a beer and head to Independent Bar after a show at Tempus Projects.  Kirk Ke Wang is one half of a dual show opening this Friday at St. Pete’s Salt Creek Artworks.  He’ll be presenting an installation titled Last Meal.  Though the exhibit has been open since March 5th, I haven’t had a chance to see the installation yet.  I’m interested in seeing if he draws from the idea of a prisoner’s last meal or the last meal of Christ.  Though both ideas (and particularly the latter) are wildly overused, Kirk Ke Wang’s art has a wit that I’m confident will steer him clear of any clichés.  His work is consistently impressive, that I anticipate will materialize well as an installation.  Painter, Steven Kenny composes the other half of the dual show. Kenny’s paintings can be described as “surrealistic, symbolic”.  I don’t want to ruffle any feathers here, but I’m really not that into Surrealism.  To be honest, I really don’t like it at all past the 1930’s.  However, I’m sure there’s a good percentage of you, readership, that do dig “neo”-surrealism.  If you do, there’s a strong chance you’ll appreciate Steven Kenny’s work – he utilizes the style very well.  Kenny’s technical skill is undeniable.  With smooth and often imperceptible brush strokes as well as an expert depiction of the human form, the prevalence of the genre and his work is easy to understand.

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