Friday, July 6, 2007

Mike Erickson and Jason Coates

Currently on view at Denise Bibro Fine Art, Virginia Commonwealth University's MFA program, "So Inclined."

I'm including the work of my 2 favorites-- Mike Erickson's "Angry Little Watering Can," and Jason Coates', "Corn."

The little tyrant is certainly shaking his fist in the air with all his might-- rebelling at the world around him, along with his masked guerilla face.

(I'm including another "little tyrant" of history below in same pose...)

He's a gardener of domestic bliss, perhaps a Martha Stewart after prison... mad as hell and he's not going to take it anymore!!!

It's certainly without a doubt that these two artists share a unique sense of humor and perspective.

It's also even better to find that both of their studios were directly across from each other.

I must say that it's very interesting when you see how schools of thought influence each other-- in this case, a sarcasm and wit unlike many-- How often do you see an exhibit that makes you break out in laughter?

Not very often.

Coates' Corn Amry of pissed off kernels jumps out at you right away-- though I have to say they might be under the influence a tad-- based on their blurry eyes and angled husks reaching out almost as if they were bayonettes.

Perhaps its all the farm subsidies that they're getting mad at, or the pesticides used on them-- "Give us organic or death!"

These two are destined for greatness in the future.

The exhibit is up until July 14th.

529 West 20th Street, 4th Floor.

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