Star News Online 2011

Star News Online 2011


A look back at 10 local art triumphs

Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 9:37 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 9:37 a.m.

This year was filled with intriguing installations, impressive murals, emerging artists and new art collectives of young and ambitious creatives working together.

Of course, there’s no way to sum up the entire art community with a top 10 list, so I won’t try. Instead, these are 2011’s exhibitions that best pulled together a collection of art to create a unique and cohesive experience.

10. ‘A Wild Assortment of Faces,’ Michelle Connolly’s Solo Show at 621N4TH

Michelle Connolly had her first big solo show at 621N4Th in February. More than 140 of her mixed-media paintings – portraits of animals and people that express a childlike playfulness with material and subject – were displayed together to create a concoction that was one part American South, one part tribal Africa and one part aboriginal outback with a dash of music to taste.

9. Tranport to Nebulon in ‘Amplify – Kowalski Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Kinetics and More’ at WHQR’s MC Erny Gallery

With receptions that featured electronic music and stilt-dancing flash mobs, Wendy Kowalski used all her resources to transport gallery-goers to Nebulon, the zero-gravity world within her multi-paneled s’fumato paintings where strawberries, jellyfish and skymaids all float with underwater grace through surreal skyscapes.

8. ‘Teacups and Sunsets,’ Gabriel Lehman at Bottega and One Wicked Gallery

In April, Gabriel Lehman did something sort of bold and unheard of: In addition to taking up the majority of Bottega’s wall space with a solo exhibition, Lehman also filled the walls of One Wicked Gallery with his cool-toned plaster paintings of spindly characters that reside in topsy-turvy treetop homes and soar through the air via balloons and oversized teacups. It took two solo shows to introduce viewers to Lehmen’s emotive atmosphere of adventure, and it hardly put a dent in his prolific output.

7. The evolution of garment washing in ‘Laughing With Laundry,’ ACME Art

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