Saturday, April 04, 2009

Mark Warren Jacques at Rare Device

Showing influence from Barry McGee and the conceptualist movement, Jacques' exhibit at Rare Device was a good pairing with the fine objects in the store that are selected with an acute curatorial eye by Rena and Lisa. His simple and serene pieces match the mood the women have created for the store.

Apparently, it's been a while since I've been to Rare Device since last time I was there, they hung art on the left wall of the main room. With their new back room space for the gallery alone, Jacques was able to create an environment with a bit of surrealist flair, by painting a trim on the wall and having two paintings lying on the floor.

This body of work encorporates oil painting, stitching, wood panel and paper, giving it the feel of a well crafted object. I'm wondering what direction his and other similar type work is going to take, as the neo-folk category develops.

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