By Appointment Only

When I made my appointment to see Yellow Peril Gallery’s off hours exhibition, I had no idea that the work would be (somewhat) tailored towards me and my preferences. Van and Robert have been shifting the work around the space constantly between visits, though I’m guessing that’s mostly the smaller work. I couldn’t imagine them shifting the larger installations.

Raquel Paiewonsky (Center), Andrew Paul Woolbright (Back Left), Toby Barnes (Back Right)

Raquel Paiewonsky (Center), Andrew Paul Woolbright (Back Left), Toby Barnes (Back Right)

Raquel Paiewonsky, "Dunes", Photography on Acrylic, 2014

Raquel Paiewonsky, “Dunes”, Photography on Acrylic, 2014

Raquel Paiewonsky, "Muro", Hand Embroidered Breasts, 2009

Raquel Paiewonsky, “Muro”, Hand Embroidered Breasts, 2009

Raquel Paiewonsky, "Muro" (Detail), Hand Embroidered Breasts, 2009

Raquel Paiewonsky, “Muro” (Detail), Hand Embroidered Breasts, 2009

Jennifer Avery

Jennifer Avery

Jennifer Avery, "Terpsichorean Evolution for a Party of Little Girls", Mixed Media Dolls, 2012-13

Jennifer Avery, “Terpsichorean Evolution for a Party of Little Girls”, Mixed Media Dolls, 2012-13

While I’m familiar with the work of a few of their artists, whether by seeing their exhibitions or thumbing through the flat files, there were a few whose work I was previously unaware of. I was tempted to crawl inside the sculptural piece depicted in the photography of Raquel Paiewonsky. Jennifer Avery had fabulously colored new work made of vintage fabric as well as Hermes silk she had printed on. (The silk felt absolutely divine)

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Caleb Cain Marcus, “Perito Moreno, Plate 1, Patagonia”, Pigment Fiber Print, 2010

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Lisa Perez

Toby Barnes, "Tao-Tie", Synthetic Polymer Painted on Printed Canvas, 2014

Toby Barnes, “Tao-Tie”, Synthetic Polymer Painted on Printed Canvas, 2014

I had only seen Caleb Cain Marcus’ pristine photographic work in book form, so being able to see it in large format print (fiber no less!) was absolutely thrilling. And I’ll admit that I’m forever looking for the asymmetry in Toby Barnes’ work (Ah! Just found it!). I’ll admit there is something deeply satisfying in learning a little more about each piece. As I think back on my appointment, I think of the conversation we had on each piece and on those that made me stop and really dig deep.

Nafis White, “Can I Get A Witness”, Neon & Acrylic, 2014

Paul Myoda, " john_bonham;trap_set", Acrylic & Reflective Acrylic, 2014

Paul Myoda, ” john_bonham;trap_set”, Acrylic & Reflective Acrylic, 2014

Philippe Lejeune, "The Forest", Coffee and Black Paint on Wood, 2014

Philippe Lejeune, “The Forest”, Coffee and Black Paint on Wood, 2014

My one regret with this was that I was rushed with errands to run afterwards and could not linger their soaking it all in and really discussing the work in depth more. Thankfully I am returning to the area and will just have to visit another day for their next exhibition for that deep arts chat. My thanks to the gracious hosts for having me over.

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