John Delk (2006)


John Delk

Art or Idiocy?

Thursday, November 02, 2006

In the Galleries

Here are some shows we’ve checked out that are worth you going around and checking out too, if you haven’t already. There is a range of stuff, so you are bound to find something that you like.

Jason Robert Bell @ Thomas Robertello
This gallery should be getting a lot more attention. John Delk: Suspension of Disbelief was one of the best offerings of the fall season openers. And this show is good too. It is 100% into its singular vision: the life and times of Kala, a female sasquatch.

The work is over the top in its use of vibrant colors, brushy paint application and stark materiality. From the huge life size statue of her, gigantic oven-knob nipples and all, in the gallery’s front window, you get a sure idea of Bell’s utter dedication to an equal mixture of sci-fi narrative and base humor. At the opening Bell enthused over a favorite writer. A man of cult status, whose fans publish a regular zine about his pulpy writings and organize a yearly pilgrimage to his home in Peoria, IL.

The paintings certainly dabble in the 80s bad boy neo expressionist look. And like the blatant intensity of 80s panting, these works are partially winking and smiling, partially seriously into garish color, nudity and large-scale brushwork.

Erik Wenzel
Art or Idiocy?

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