Wednesday, February 22, 2006

HELLO CUL-DE-SAC! Exhibit by Warren Craghead

Not sure how many readers have checked out
Warren Craghead’s
mini-comics, but if you haven’t, you should. And if you live near Richmond, VA, you could check out his exhibit opening this Friday (Feb. 24) at the ADA Gallery. The show will be up until March 18th.

In the above piece two things stand out to me: the drawing of a bass and guitar at the top and the pole with the electrical transformer towards the bottom.

The bass and guitar resting on their stands drawing is reminiscent of what I find so intriguing about Warren’s work. Objects are front and center with little or no thought given to their surroundings. The loose line gives his subjects a fluidity and energy not often associated with inanimate objects. Notice the cord leading from the bass as it snakes across the bare ground. Then you notice the Philip Guston-esque head on the ground, outlined in pink marker. It has no business with the subject, but it belongs just the same.

The wooden pole with the transformer on it is another one of those Craghead drawings that makes me want to pick up a pencil and sketch everything in sight. I especially love the little lines that radiate from the transformer, just in case you didn’t know what it was.


Ricko said...

I have a difficult time defining what it is I really like about Warren's work but I completely agree with your comments here, so thanks for elaborating on my own thoughts much better than I could have myself.

w said...

Thanks guys - sorry you cant see the show but I'll posy images on my blog.

And just for the record - the postcard image is a digital collage of a few drawings, so it's even more convoluted and confused than my "real" work. I'm trying to make things that are beautiful and baffling, like the real world is.