sometimes....noooo, most times, i need a few days to decompress and process events that matter to me. such is the case with last saturday.
i've been looking forward to carol es's latest offering for quite some time now (on view at george billis thru april 14th)....last year about this time chuck and i paid a visit to carol's studio and were lucky enough to witness her at work on her newest project, a 2nd book, entitled 'all done but none.' i knew whatever it was to be, it would be something great. humorous, provocative and nothing short of poignant, much like the artist herself.
artwork by carol es
unlike most shows, i had to leave, then come back, because i experienced a bit of overwhelm. not only because i was bashful about horning in on carol's constant reception line, but the sheer power and vulnerability behind her latest work seemed the most intense i had viewed since knowing her. her work is highly charged with narratives of past family traumas, specifically involving rape and abuse. and although some viewers may not relate to this explosive subject matter, it pulls you in....it evokes, stirs, incites.....much like the cry for help carol so desperately wanted people to hear so long ago.
but, beyond the drama, there is this whimsical child behind the art that carol never let go. and this is why i love her so much. she's able to laugh at life, no matter what shit is thrown her way. bravo carol....we love you!
carol and me, opening night
carol and mat gleason's feet....that 'g' stands for green, right? it WAS st. patty's day after all.....THiS from a girl who mistook mat's tattoo of california for the state of florida. i blame it on ddddrink...either that or i'm permanently unfit to drive heavy machinery or take care of young children!
mat, the walking billboard!
didn't get a shot of lovely leigh salgado that night, but i'll share this from her latest solo show a few months back..