Friday, May 25, 2012

Local spotlight: All Florida Juried Exhibition and Competition

"Monike a.k.a.. Chicken Wang" by Kandy Lopez (Image courtesy of the artist)
Valerie Cassel Oliver didn't know what to expect when she agreed to judge the Boca Raton Museum of Art's 61st annual All Florida Juried Exhibition and Competition.

"Oneiric Memory" by Marina Font
"I was a little shocked," she says of the work that went into whittling down 1,500 artworks to about 100 for what's billed as the state's oldest juried competition. After she spent 2 1/2 weeks reviewing submissions online, a show emerged from the paintings, photographs, installations, sculptures and videos.

"At some point, you just have to push through it," explains Oliver, the senior curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. "I just had to go with my gut. With that level of volume, you can't second-guess what an artist is trying to say. They're either successful in conveying it at first glance or they're not, so you move through it quickly." The show will open Wednesday and run through July 8.

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1 comment:

  1. Well, in my opinion, the show s-cked.
    Way too much photography- and not good photography at that.
    I could buy half of it at Target, and some of it at Walmart. Sad.
    The Guild Biennial was much better (not judged by Oliver obviously), but was displayed in a crowded corner of the main gallery.
    It deserved better.
    There is some beautiful work there (2 pieces from SUZANNE SCHERER and PAVEL OUPOROV in particular).
    But many abstract pieces in the show look like bad copies of the masterpieces done back in the Expressionist era of the 60's & 70's.

    The worst part of the All Florida Show for me was the judge's statement, which was a lame excuse at justifying how tough it was for her to select from 1500 entries.
    She kept apologizing for the jurying process and her ultimate selections.
    Frankly, I don't think she was qualified to judge the show and simply a hack.
    Representative of the s&*t-box Houston Museum of Art she curates.

    And I'm being kind with my review.

    I'm going back next week to see the show, when the snobby wine-guzzling crowds who couldn't recognize great artwork if it landed on their laps through the sunroofs of their gas-guzzling Bentley's.