Swank: saturated style, confidence, nostalgia, sex, gloss, perfection to the point of sleaze. The works reach out to you and say, “Why don't you relax and sit on the leather sofa while I mix you a drink?”
When Prada Marfa was inaugurated it seemed self-evident that this would lead to a situation like we find today: johnny-come-lately corporate giant seizes upon the precedent and employs it to culturally legitimize advertising.
The two big c's are warranted here: crepuscular and chiaroscuro. The miasma of not-quite-blacks encroaching upon vulnerable fauna resembles sludgy crude oil — a reminder of the 2010 BP spill and too many others in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere.
The work of casualists and provisionalists like Walker is not Jerry Salz's “Neo-Mannerism.” These artists are, if anything, neo-modernist. This crop of new, young work in Dallas is a throwback to Giacometti, Guston, and Rothko.