Untitled, circa 2000, by Margaret Kilgallen. On view at Ratio 3 in San Francisco as part of a memorial show dedicated to the artist, Margaret Kilgallen: Summer/Selections. Opens today. (Image courtesy of Ratio 3. More pix at The Citrus Report.)
- L.A.: Assorted Flavor, with Saber, Push, Kofie and many others, at Known Gallery. Through July 9.
- Washington, D.C.: Fragments in Time and Space, at the Hirshhorn Museum. Opens today.
- NYC: An exhibition of the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, at Saltspace. Opens Friday at 6pm.
- Amsterdam: BLADE, The King’s New Line, at ArTicks Gallery. Opens Sunday at 2pm.
- Berlin: Sergej Vutuc, Something in Between, at Galerie Michael Janssen. Opens Friday at 6pm.
- Plus: You can find many more NYC picks over at Gallerina.
Having Fong at Ratio 3. Baby not included. (All photos by Gay Swan.)
Barry McGee serves up his signature urban flavors, topped with a few new sprinkles in a surprise show at Ratio 3 in San Francisco. (Bring your own funky glasses to view the infinitely precise 3-D hand drawings in more than one dimension.) The rest is classic McGee…or “Lydia Fong,” as his current alias goes. Color exercises crawl aggressively up three walls like deboned Rubik’s cubes. Contrast that with the sad faces, a gaggle of meticulously rendered masks, hair monsters, and framed napkin doodles. In between the human and the abstract, other urban detritus bubbles up: surfboards, cardboard, a decomposing orange with fruit fly, a baby in bubblegum pink. Oh wait, the baby’s mine.
But what’s outside the Ratio 3 Gallery is just as cool as what’s inside. It’s a one-way alley in McGee’s own Mission Street neighborhood. Next door a woman rescues half-wolf dogs that shelters won’t take. Down a ways, murals and motorcycles take up the sidewalk. All around, there’s weed smoke and freeway noise, Chinese dollar stores and taquerias amid super-eco-chic shops. Welcome to Barry’s world.
The show runs through October 18th.
Click on images to supersize. Much more after the jump.