The gallery claims that it’s “an act of reversal and post-studio critique.” I’ve know Tim Dalbow awhile, having shown him at Lovelake in 2003 and I believe he just might have issues with what they call Social Practice. He’s my guest this coming Tuesday on Art Focus and oh, am I looking forward to this interview!
It seems to me that the exhibition crosses many lines and gives us bits of all worlds: it was a minimal, conceptual art show when it first opened. Then it became a full-blown Romance with paint, porn and parties. It is Social Practice on its own order and universe. And of course in the end, we get a traditional art object, oil on canvas.
The website information relates a repartee between Emily Harris of OPB asking the artist MK Guth: why should art matter to me? I am not sure what was behind the question but perhaps uncertain economics have something to do with it - meaning "basic needs" must be met first. But you know what I’ve found? When times are tough, I care more, not less about art. It is the good rock, like pasta and wine and no matter what, you have them.