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Stuff to See: Leprous Art

Page 397, "An Illustrated Guide to Diseases of the Skin," copyright 1948

I don’t know how this stuff gets out into the collective creative unconscious but I think I like it.

Adam Silverman’s amazing pottery at Peel Gallery is apparently channeling diseases of the skin from a 1940’s medical textbook. It’s like mid-century art pottery run amok. The effect is both repulsive and attractive and I wish I could afford one.

Adam Silverman, Pink Large Crackle Vase

Meanwhile at The Joanna, Hunting Prize winner, Lane Hagood is displaying a leper colony of statuary on the gallery’s fireplace mantle. Featuring altered classical bric-a-brac, they’re really funny. Spray foam never looked so good.

Let’s just hope that the Hunting Prize doesn’t take his 50 grand back. The award, sponsored by global oil-services company Hunting PLC, is always presented a gala marked by the un-ironic use of Greek statuary, er, guys in Speedos painted gold to look like statues.

“California Cool: Marmol Radziner, Adam Silverman, Geoff McFetridge” through March 19th at Peel Gallery, 4411 Montrose, 713-520-8122

“Lane Hagood: The Museum of Eterna” through March 6th (by appointment) at the Joanna, 1401 Branard, 713-825-1803

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