Baton Rouge Gallery Jun 2016

I’m in Baton Rouge Louisiana USA. I lived here from 1969 to 1988. I’m visiting my son and his twin daughters, who are so cute that only a fool would post pics of them on this site. (Never work with children or animals – old vaudeville saying)

I visited the Baton Rouge Gallery link! a contemporary gallery here in town.

The show had four artists Judi Betts, Malaika  Favorite, April Hammock and Michael W. Howes.

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Betts is a sort of soft focus fauve colorist with architectural drawing. I suggest she is for the tourist crowd who want something with colors that match the interior decoration.

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Favorite emphasizes the black experience. She was in graduate school at LSU while I was an undergrad. I remember her work from then (the 1970’s). She is creating in a similar vein. She uses collage with dresses in this show, painting on top of the fabric.

I like the Matisse faces the best.

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The Hammock piece I liked the best. I am such a sucker for Color Field painting. This was too small to be Color Field but whatev’s. It had the least suggestion of figuration of the Hammock works.

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Howe. Funky surrealism. How well do I remember it? William T. Wiley is certainly the best at a certain kind of whimsical surrealism. While I was at LSU I had a class with Peter Dean. link! Now there was a funky surrealist!  it was in the air, because abstraction seemed to have run its course and what else was there? My early work had a lot of funky surrealist influences.  Thanks Peter and bless you. It seems to be a Louisiana thing too, judging from the catalog of other Baton Rouge Gallery artists.

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